Four short stories and a mystery novella:
THE FISHWIFE: Jack and his wife Freddie have shared plenty of adventures in their many years together. Now death is the final adventure. But there's something Freddie needs to do before she can let Jack go. A tale of love, loss, and hope for a second chance.
NUDE, SMILING: A clever law student creates a unique way to pay for law school.
THERE IN THE STAIRWELL: A woman is haunted by what happened to her in her office nine years ago. But at a dinner party, peace comes from an unexpected source.
A KINDNESS, REALLY: A young woman wonders if sparing her child a life of torment is a kindness, really.
PAINTED LADY: Detective Lily Maines tries to distract herself from her own personal tragedy by diving into a stack of unsolved murder cases. Pulling at one small thread can sometimes unravel a much larger crime--one that no one else has noticed yet. It will take time and patience to fit the pieces together. But as Detective Maines has learned, justice is a marathon, not a sprint.