Death in Delmarva by Caroline Taylor
“An irresistible read filled with plenty of action—a dead voice coach, a missing junkie, a drive-by shooting, double murder-arson, shipments of mysterious merchandise—and the most inventive, tender-hearted amateur detective you’d ever want to meet. I loved this book and found it nearly impossible to put down.”
—Vicki Salloum, author of Waiting for You at Midnight and Candyland
"Big-hearted Daphne Dunn, sent out to her Foggy Bottom neighborhood to collect overdue bills, finds herself entangled in a dangerous adventure that takes her all over the DC area and to the Eastern Shore. Contemporary themes, a lively writing style, plenty of humor, and an assortment of unique characters, including Daphne's look-alike double, make this suspenseful novel fun to read and a real page-turner!"
—Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold Heart
":Daphne Dunn is down on her luck. She’s lost her job, her mother’s missing again, and everyone she’s searching for seems to turn up dead. In Caroline’s Taylor’s delightfully twisty tale, Daphne runs the gantlet of colorful characters, mistaken identity, and a narrow escape from drowning in something far worse than water before the final showdown with one of Washington’s most powerful—and dangerous—women. Death in Delmarva will keep you up reading well past your bedtime."
—Kelly Oliver, award-winning author of the Jessica James Mysteries
Daphne Dunn works as a lowly stockroom clerk in her cousin’s Foggy Bottom grocery store. She’s also required to play bill collector to customers who aren’t paying for their food, including pregnant Beatriz Cabeza de Vaca, who used to keep house for Daphne’s family in better times.
When Beatriz is stabbed to death outside her apartment, Daphne learns the baby has survived and sets out to find the baby’s missing father. She gets sidetracked when a friend facing life-threatening surgery asks Daphne to locate his sister, Charlie. Except for the lip ring and a nasty drug habit, Charlie could be Daphne’s twin.
The search for both people leads Daphne to the Delmarva Peninsula and a woman so desperate to cover her crimes against undocumented workers that she will kill anyone in her way, including Charlie and quite possibly the girl’s mirror image, Daphne Dunn.
Caroline Taylor is the author of four mystery novels—What Are Friends For?, Jewelry from a Grave, Loose Ends, and The Typist—and a collection of short stories, Enough: Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls. A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., Caroline now lives in North Carolina.