Mary Jo Miller has pleaded innocent but to no avail. She is accused of robbing the museum where she works after having fallen on tough times when her father died and the family fortune evaporated.
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She remembers a time when she was kidnapped as a teen and a ransom demanded from her wealthy father. Her knight in shining armor then had been the young, barely out of his teens February Dunn but he was nowhere around to help her out of her present predicament. Or was he...
The museum board contracts the services of the Dunn detective agency to investigate with a view to convicting Mary Jo of the theft grossing millions of dollars. As February investigates like any good gumshoe would do, he finds that there are too many pieces that don't add up. He calls in his rabble of specialists who are used to working with his shoestring budget and in the process uncovers the conspiracy of the century, at the center of which is the innocent Mary Jo who is set up to take the fall.
During the investigation Mary Jo and February develop a little more than professional relationship (if you know what I mean)and like any girl she gets in the way quite a bit. February decides to set up a party to carry out a sting operation but dares not let Mary Jo in on it lest she blow his cover. She turns up at the party and almost blows it as February publicly declares that she means nothing to him, but this is all a part of his plan, unknown to her.
The sting goes through as planned and the real perpetrator in the form of the board chairman is arrested for the crime.
The coin that is featured in the series had been given to Mary Jo by her sister. At the end of the novel Mary Jo gives it to a young girl standing at a bus stop who will be the heroine in the next novel in the series.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the sense of drama that this novel has. It helps to maintain suspense which is always good to hold the attention of the reader.
Best scene in story:
Everyone loves a good reveal scene and this novel has just that. February has set up his sting perfectly and traps the unwitting board chairman in a conversation that ultimately proves his guilt.
Opinion about the main character:
February does a grade job as a detective and the writer is to be commended.