When Yevgeney disappears, his over-bearing mother is sure he is kidnapped, but Gianni suspects the young man has simply snatched a bit of freedom for himself before returning to his grueling practice and concert schedule.
Then Villeneuve is found dead in his hotel room, and police detective Antonio Guastafeste asks Gianni to identify a fragment of sheet music found in the dead man’s pocket.
Moonstar declares that she is fine under the protection of her pimp, but tells Ellis that pregnant girls have been vanishing from the Second Chance Hostel for Women.
Ellis’s quest for the truth leads him to an uneasy partnership with a young journalist who wrote sympathetically about his fall from grace, and the two uncover some unpleasant secrets of Toronto’s rich and powerful.
Worried about making ends meet in her new endeavor, Willow applies for a building permit to renovate the tiny cottage at the back of her property next to the creek.
Willow hopes to rent the renovated cottage during the summer season, but Zoning Commissioner Mike Krawbach is determined to condemn the cottage, which he claims has slid onto town land, and build an ATV track where it stands.
While digging up his garden, he discovers a severed hand wearing a unique ring.
Ellis knows there are only five of those signet rings in existence, created as a special symbol commemorating the close connection of five law school colleagues.
After a few rocky weeks when Lizzie was forced to stop smoking, she surprised everyone by beginning to thrive physically, though still coping with short-term memory loss.Gianni recognizes the opening notes of Paganini’s “The Moses Fantasy” and Guastafeste shows him an antique gold box engraved with Moses on Mount Sinai that Villeneuve had stored in the hotel safe.Together, Gianni and Guastafeste set off on a hunt through time and across Europe to trace the history of the box, perhaps owned by Paganini, and to search for the mysterious violin-shaped object which left an impression in the velvet lining.Instead, a sly humor permeates this highly recommended debut police procedural.Rosemary Aubert Free Reign (1997) introduces Ellis Portal, a homeless former judge convicted of a crime of violence.With the help of her textile-obsessed friends, Willow sets out to find the real murderer. Brod Getting Sassy (Tyrus 2010) introduces Robyn Guthrie, a freelance writer in Fowler, Illinois.A budding romance with the builder Willow hires to renovate the cottage and a sense of humor about women eager to embroider everything in sight enliven this debut cosy mystery. Robyn’s mother Lizzie nearly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease two years earlier, and both mother and daughter thought she had only a few months to live.Janet Bolin Dire Threads (Berkley Prime Crime 2011) introduces Willow Vanderling, who left a corporate job to open a machine embroidery shop in Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania, known as “Threadville” because of the many textile arts shops in the village.Willow’s best friend Kaylee and three others have already opened textile boutiques in Threadville, to the dismay of some of the locals, who are concerned that women will soon vastly outnumber the men.Since Carl is obviously not ready to resume full time duties, his boss makes him the head of the new one-man Department Q, responsible for cold cases deserving special scrutiny.Banished to the windowless basement, Carl mopes and snoozes until Hafez-el-Assad, his new assistant, pesters him into taking an interest in the case of Metete Lynggaard, the vice-chairperson of the Social Democratic party who disappeared from the Rødby-Puttgarden ferry five years earlier.