SALLY BIANCO MYSTERY SERIES
The shenanigans of this aged nonconformist battle crimes to maintain her fight for justice.
The Legitimate Way Recently widowed and retired as a University of Michigan administrator, Sally is bitten by the investigative bug to clear an innocent friend of a murder charge. She travels to her hometown to seek out the missing abused woman, the supposed victim of the murder, only to be courted by a high school acquaintance, John Nelson, who has never married because of his unspoken love of Sally. The woman is safely found and her husband is charged with killing his second wife.
Sally and John Nelson start a detective agency in Ann Arbor without cases to work on until Sallys painter friends husband dies. The chemistry professor has been working on a failed drug cure. One of the artists stepsons links his hate-filled motives to those of an art dealer, a pawn of the dead professors scheming boss. Two of the three villains die and the stepson goes to jail for the arson of two homes, one of which was Sally and Johns dream home.
The Appropriate Way Married to John Nelson, Sally takes up residence in her hometown in Johns parents home. At their wedding reception, they are invited to visit the local renovated Dunham Castle. When they arrive, the father of the hostess announces his home next door has burnt down. The body found inside is not tall enough to be his wife. Set in this investigative frame, Sally reminisces about a high school suicide and its links to the present violence. Unfortunately, the crazed castle hosts pent-up frustrations target Sally. He shoots and kills John instead. Blackmail, prostitution, infidelities, suicide and murder are all laid bare.
The Recorders Way Back in Ann Arbor and still a contributing partner in a detective agency, Sally invites a retreat participant to confide in her. The young woman had been a nurse when three patients died from their doctors neglect. She joined the army and served in Iraq. Once discharged, she rescues an attack dog. Shes been blackmailing the three doctors involved to feed a diet-pill addiction. Unwilling to cease the financing of her habit, she allows her dog to attack Sally.
THE LEGITIMATE WAY: BOOK ONE (A SALLY BIANCO MYSTERY)
Recently widowed and retired as a university administrator, Sally Bianco is bitten by the detective bug to clear an innocent friend of a murder charge. She travels to her hometown seeking the abused woman, only to be courted by a high school acquaintance. John Nelson, who never married.
Sally and John start an agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sally’s painter friend’s husband dies. The chemistry professor worked on a failed drug cure. The artist’s stepson links his hate-filled motives with those of an art dealer, a pawn of the dead professor’s scheming boss.
THE APPROPRIATE WAY: BOOK TWO (A SALLY BIANCO MYSTERY)
Sally and John move back to St. Charles, Illinois. At their wedding reception, they are invited to the local renovated Dunham Castle. When they arrive, the father of the hostess announces his home next door has burnt down. The body found inside is not tall enough to be his wife. A crazed villain targets Sally, but it’s John who pays the price.
THE RECORDER’S WAY: BOOK THREE (A SALLY BIANCO MYSTERY)
Back in Ann Arbor, detective Sally Bianco invites a retreat participant to confide in her. The young woman had been a nurse when three patients died from their doctor’s neglect. She joined the army, served in Iraq and rescued an attack dog. She’s blackmailing the three doctors involved to feed a diet pill addiction. Unwilling to cease the financing of her habit, she attempts to have her dog dispatch Sally.
Are paleontology museums perfect disposal sites for murder victims? When two of her sorority sisters leave Ann Arbor for jobs at the Field Museum in Chicago, Curtain Taylor never hears from them again. Theyve promised to be her bridesmaids. Curtains fiance, Cosmos Henderson, agrees with her concerns. The two young women have moved into a Chicago apartment, where the mother of another sorority sister lived, when she introduced her daughter to the landlord, Salvatore Bianco. Now the mother is missing too. Salvatore says he is a former police officer and a guard at the museum. Curtains father was furnished by a sperm bank, which might explain her fixation with the older, attractive landlord. How can her relationship with Cosmos withstand her obsession to find out what happened to her friends, which keeps her in constant contact with Salvatore? When the girls dont return for Curtains shower, an Ann Arbor detective is sent to search for the missing mother and the girls. Will Cosmos stay true to his promise of marriage even though hes been complaining of jealous and untrusting thoughts? Does she need to delay the wedding? Before the case is closed, three women and one man are found dead, and Salvatore is the prime suspect. Hes stalking Curtain, even showing up at her wedding reception.
IN LINCOLN’S SHADOW
Obsession with Lincoln has followed me from Illinois. I have a twelve-volume set of all his collected sayings. My detective Steffen Blaine quotes Lincoln when his emotions need calming. His first wife committed suicide due to post-partum depression. The Lee familys pregnant mother of six closely resembles the symptoms Steffens wife suffered. Called in to investigate the grandmothers death, Steffen invites Bernie Johnston, a social worker who wants to become a detective, to help him on the case. The youngest girl was one of the cases Bernie worked on. Bernie and Steffen immediately know their association is going to last past this suspicious death.
“Hastings’ Dead” is set in a small Michigan town, where a University of Michigan student, Range Goloso, has promised her father she’ll return to teach grade school.
In college Range falls in love with Ben Adler, a New York based law student who can’t very well start a lucrative practice without a substantial client base. She defends a local artist accused of pushing his girlfriend off the church bell tower when she wanted to leave town. Actually Range is upholding her town’s reputation and realizes her dreams of settling down in Hastings might be dead.