The Last Page

Barbara Adams, head of the Windbrook Library in suburban Chicago, has died, it sounds as if from a crumple the steps to the library's basement. but if Julia Fairbanks, her closest friend's daughter starts off to poke round, she reveals troubling emails that point out Barbara was once no longer the sufferer of a middle assault, yet a vicious killer as an alternative. Can Julia locate the assassin? Or will she turn out on The final Page?

This breezy secret is a novella, approx. 20,000 phrases. additionally it is brief tales via the authors, either from the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, Chicago Blues.

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