Why would someone murder an ethnomusicologist?
Dr. Archibald Finlay Dawson was too full of himself, but the bestselling author didn't deserve to be strangled with the strings from his own fiddle. Or did he? The police are told to solve the case before the suspects, attendees of an anthropology conference, leave at the end of the week. Can homemaker and empty-nester Emory Crawford help her chemist/forensic scientist husband solve the crime in time?
Can a house disappear without a trace?
Emory and Jebbin are with an archeological dig on the shore of Sutton's Lake west of Twombly looking for a house that might only be a legend. Madison Twombly has plans to investigate a "super booze" being handed out at clandestine drinking parties.
When the house is found it contains two mummified bodies. The parties stop because a young man is killed in a drunken duel. Emory and Madison realize there are connections between the hundred year old mummies and the current day crime.
Sometimes the past won't stay in the past.
On the campus of Twombly College, someone is breaking into the dorm rooms of female students, leaving things instead of taking things: red colored objects including a red ribbon, a red golf ball and a tiny red stuffed dog. Meanwhile, it seems that Jairus Twombly's new personal assistant is trying to replace his wife, Amy.
One of the students goes missing and the personal assistant gets found - dead, with Amy Twombly's elegant Bloodwood crochet hook in her eye. Emory soon finds out . . .
Not all ghosts are the spirits of the dead.