One month after arriving in the Northwoods, former detective Jayne O’Shea has settled comfortably into small-town life and is making good progress with her task of getting her grandparents’ house ready for sale. Then the shocking death of one of the carnies rocks the community, and the villagers look to Jayne for help, placing her in an impossible middle ground of not wanting to get involved and needing to ensure justice is served.
When a second carney turns up dead, and the newly hired sheriff—more concerned with ticketing tourists than catching the killer—dismisses the death as an accident, Jayne has no choice but to step in. Can she uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again?
Welcome to Whispering Pines, Wisconsin. A place for those who don’t belong.
Sixteen years after a family feud drove her from the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, former detective Jayne O’Shea returns to prepare her grandparents’ lake house for sale. Once there, not only does she find that the house has been trashed, her dog discovers a dead body in the backyard.
It looked like an open and shut case, one that shouldn’t have landed on homicide detective Jayne O’Shea’s desk: a UW-Madison student died from an apparent opioid overdose. Except, the victim’s roommate called 911 claiming to have video proof that the death was no accident. Now, the caller has gone missing and in order to put the pieces together, Jayne will have to find her first. The fastest way to do that? The skeptical detective will have to follow the tip she just got from her grandmother’s fortune-teller friend.
MISSING & GONE is a prequel short story for Shawn McGuire’s new Whispering Pines series. FAMILY SECRETS releases July 3, 2017.