No one in the small town of Placentia, California is surprised when Benny Needles’s house catches fire. The outside hasn’t seen a paint brush in years. The inside is stuffed with Dean Martin memorabilia. It would be a simple case of homeowner negligence, except for the body found inside.
Under suspicion of both murder and arson, Benny turns to the one person who has always helped him, private investigator Peri Minneopa. Fire investigation isn’t on her menu of services, but Peri’s weak spot for Benny overrules her reluctance, and she agrees to look into things. Her investigation takes a dangerous turn as she uncovers family secrets, going back several decades.
There are skeletons in everyone’s closet, and even Benny’s bones are rattling.
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Gayle Carline is an author of mysteries and humor. Her popular Peri Minneopa Mystery Series features a 50-year old former housecleaner, now a private investigator. Gayle’s latest book, From the Horse’s Mouth, is a departure from her normal genre, but not from her upbeat style of telling stories that are upbeat and uplifting.
This is the third book of my Peri Minneopa Mystery Series, and, although they do not have to be read in order, I had decided for this one to give my secondary character, Benny, a problem that would stretch him to the limits of his sanity. I also wanted to give Peri the opportunity to really understand him. Mostly, he just annoys her, so she doesn’t know why she has a soft spot for him. I wanted her to know why.