When long time friend, Professor Charles Bohn, is found dead supposedly by his own hand, Anna Owen suspects foul play. The Owen gang investigation heads to the professor's home but stalls when a mysterious prowler runs into Anna as he tries to escape through the back door.
The search uncovers a single clue, a discarded crossword puzzle that at first appears to reveal nothing. As they consider giving up, Nic deciphers the professor's message and discovers a trail of corruption involving high profile leaders from private industry to police and city and state officials, a discovery that puts the group in grave danger.
While the investigation continues, news from Nuremberg brings to light the death and destruction caused by the Third Reich's sinister agenda. Word of the atrocities spread, appalling many and wearing on the protective layer of innocence preserved by a few, but not all citizens are disgusted or surprised. When the case takes two of our heroines undercover, they learn that efforts to create a superior race did not end in a bunker in Berlin.
The second Nic & Nora Mystery, 'Puzzled by the Clues', follows both the blossoming relationship of Nic and Nora and that of Anna and Allen. Characters at the heart of the Owen gang and those on the perimeter, offer humor, wisdom, and the belief that there is always hope. As Anna points out, "Maybe after two World Wars, people are beginning to understand the insanity of hate."
About the Author
Jean Sheldon, born and raised in Chicago, spent the first half of her life as a fine and graphic artist. In 2004 she began another creative endeavor, writing mysteries. Her historical mystery The Woman in the Wing
features women pilots (WASP) and factory workers (Rosie the Riveter) during WWII. Seven Cities of Greed
involves a group of women of a 'certain age' on a quest for adventure and the mythical Seven Cities of Gold in New Mexico, Jean's home for over twenty years. Mrs. Quigley's Kidnapping
introduces Mattie Draper, a female detective in Chicago circa 1968, and Flowers for Her Grave
is an old-fashioned whodunit in which two amateur sleuths in their early sixties, a gossip columnist and a gardener, solve a 20-year-old crime. The mystery An Uncluttered Palette
is filled with art history, oil painting, forgery, and fun! She Overheard Murder
introduced the characters of the Nic & Nora Mystery series--mysteries solved by lesbian amateur detectives in post-World War II Chicago. The second book, Puzzled by the Clues
, follows both the blossoming relationship of Nic and Nora and that of Anna and Allen. Characters at the heart of the Owen gang and those on the perimeter, offer humor, wisdom, and the belief that there is always hope.