My first of the six Jake Curtis / Vanessa Malone Mystery, “Death in the Primrose Hotel” is my Christmas present to you. From now until midnight Christmas Day “Death in the Primrose Hotel” will be FREE from your favorite e-book retailer or Smashwords dot Com at: www.smashwords.com/books/view/467861
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“The vacant eye sockets of the cobweb covered skull, laying in pile of dust on the floor behind one of the two intricately carved walnut bars in the old, long abandoned speakeasy beneath the Primrose Hotel, stared up into the depths of Vanessa Malone’s soul,” is the first sentence of “Death in the Primrose Hotel, a Jake Curtis / Vanessa Malone Mystery.”
The Primrose Hotel housed an impenetrable speakeasy, the only known entrance was through a sixth floor hotel room and a creepy elevator ride down to the sub-basement. A speakeasy that for almost eighty years harbored a dead body.
Jake Curtis, an inactive US Marine turned private investigator and his wife, Vanessa Malone, a prominent Washington, D.C. attorney and partner in the private investigation firm, stumbled across a skeleton while touring the old hotel before its demolition.
The cast of characters include the skeptical police detective, Tom Forsythe, who didn’t believe the sub-basement speakeasy nor the secret elevator in room 607 even existed until he rode the elevator down to the speakeasy.
A wizened former plumber at the hotel who knew more than he let on. A former maid at the hotel who in the course of cleaning room 607 made a startling discovery. A retired maintenance man who often drank with John Thomas.
John and his brother Emmett Thomas were both in love with Mabel and fought over her. John married Mabel after Emmett left town. John Thomas disappeared, supposedly with a maid. Emmett then married Mabel. Did Emmett murder his brother John? That’s what the police thought at the time.
The hotel night manager knew something was unusual about room 607 and something unusual about a wooden door in the basement of a dress shop at the other end of the block that should have opened into dirt.
The shy, gay former kitchen scullion at the hotel witnessed what happened to the missing maid and kept this deep, dark secret all these years. Jake and Vanessa pry the truth from the man about an unfulfilled love triangle that culminated in the solving of the seventy plus year old murder.
Jake Curtis is shot and wounded on the sidewalk in front of police headquarters by an unknown assailant. Vanessa fires back twice at the shooter.
The investigation leads to a old woman who knows the truth about what happened and is and determined to protect her family by taking the secret with her to her grave.
After days of repeated questioning, the truth is painstakingly pried from the old woman’s lips revealing who the skeleton found in the abandoned speakeasy was, who killed the skeleton and who shot Jake Curtis.
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