Annie Fitch is back! As a former cop turned private investigator, Annie hopes never to be in the line of fire again, so she’s expanded her business to include installing security systems. Her best friend, Celia, tells her about Preston Farr, a farmer with a vandalism problem on his family’s historic apple orchard and farm.
Preston’s roots in the community run deep. His family has held the same property in Leesburg, Virginia since the 1700s. Annie agrees to set up security cameras for him and the two get to know each other over the course of the job. When Preston asks her out after the work is done, she accepts.
After all, Annie’s on-again, off-again love affair with her childhood best friend, Ford, is currently off—why should she mope until he decides it’s on again? What she intended to be a fun, casual romp with Preston turns serious quickly when security camera footage starts unraveling family secrets that echo over 200 years of heartache and violence.
Annie Fitch, a former police detective, struggles to make ends meet as a private investigator in the sleepy town of Leesburg, Virginia. On partial disability because of gunshot injuries, she’s relegated to doing surveillance gigs and background checks. But things are looking up, since her on-again, off-again relationship is back on and might stay that way.
When Annie is hired by Laura Carlton to follow her husband to get evidence of cheating, Annie is certain the case won’t take long. Nick Carlton grew up with money and privilege and has a sex addiction dating back to his high school days. But things go sideways when Annie finds her target dead in an alley just a few blocks from her own home.
Working with her former partner, Gunnar Jansson, Annie digs deeper into Carlton’s background, slowly excavating his past to reveal the multiple suspects and motives. The list includes his many lunch-hour-tryst partners, a local shop owner, and his business partner, among others. Layer by layer, Annie uncovers a truth that runs much deeper than anyone expected.
One Big Beautiful Thing
Artist Kate Abernethy is trying to put her life back together after the death of her boyfriend. At first, moving back in with her mother seems like a good way to sort out her finances and re-evaluate her life—instead it proves to be a minefield of doubt and recrimination. Floundering, she pushes herself to take new opportunities so she can rebuild her life and have a second chance at happiness.