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Caroline Taylor, Death in Delmarva

Sunday, April 14   |   2:00 pm

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.

In addition to the two mysteries featuring P.J. Smythe–What Are Friends For? and Jewelry from a Grave–she is also the author of a nonfiction book, Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade, as well as numerous short stories and essays. A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., Ms. Taylor now lives in North Carolina where she is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.