Past Pretenseby Sharon Short
Remembrance of Flings Past... At first P.I. Patricia Delaney is tempted to turn down Gigi Lafferty's odd request to investigate her own past. She doesn't recognize the expensive Cincinnati matron as her old pal Loretta King, once a stripper at Poppy's Parrot, a club on the wrong side of the Ohio River. And by the time she makes the connection, Gigi has vanished, and… See more details below
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Remembrance of Flings Past... At first P.I. Patricia Delaney is tempted to turn down Gigi Lafferty's odd request to investigate her own past. She doesn't recognize the expensive Cincinnati matron as her old pal Loretta King, once a stripper at Poppy's Parrot, a club on the wrong side of the Ohio River. And by the time she makes the connection, Gigi has vanished, and the police are questioning Patricia about a body she found floating in the Lafferty swimming pool--the body of yet another Poppy's Parrot alumna. It's a deeply disturbing assignment for Patricia, but she sticks with it because Gigi/Loretta once did her the greatest of favors. With luck--and the help of her wonderful computer--she may be able to reciprocate. Only an amoral killer and her own painful past stand in the way...
When Patricia Delaney debuted in 1994, she was a cutting-edge, first-of-her-kind "eGumshoe." Now, the reprinted editions (from Cornerstone Communications), with updates to reflect their times, of the
Patricia Delaney eGumshoe mysteries still resonate with timeless humanity and passion, while providing a look back at the 1990s, when technology began to change forever how private investigators worked.
From the original print editions of the Patricia Delaney 'eGumshoe' Mystery Series:
"A fine edition to the ranks of professional sleuths." --Sue Grafton
"Hercule Poirot, Private Inquiry Agent, used to boast of his 'leetle gray cells.' Patricia Delaney, Investigative Consultant, uses the electronic bytes in her 'little gray box' to solve her cases with equal efficiency and flair. But computers never replace compassion and it's a pleasure to watch Delaney at work." Margaret Maron
"It is a pleasure to meet Patricia Delaney, a most unusual private eye." Nancy Pickard
"Private detective Patricia Delaney is a '90s sleuth who uses computer databases as well as old-fashioned gumshoe savvy to solve a baffling murder in the fast-paced and intriguing ANGEL'S BIDDING. Sharon Gwyn Short's debut effort is sure to win readers in this new and lively series." Kathy Hogan Trocheck (a.k.a. Mary Kay Andrews)
"I can think of very few debuts more promising, or more satisfying, than Sharon's (and Patricia Delaney's) in ANGEL'S BIDDING." William J. Reynolds
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Sharon Short rocks with 'Past Pretense' Private investigator Patricia Delaney is hired by Gigi Lafferty to take on an unusual case – Lafferty, after having called Delaney and asking her to investigate her husband to see if he’s cheating, arrives late for their appointment and announces that she actually wants herself investigated. An expert in using the computer to ferret out information, Delaney reluctantly takes the case. She finds nothing unusual, but when she finds Lafferty murdered at her house, she learns that her client is actually an acquaintance from her past – Loretta King, a former exotic dancer at a club where Delaney had worked as a dancer. Unfortunately, the police suspect her as the killer, and she now has to prove her own innocence. Past Pretense by Sharon Short is a spellbinding tale of murder, intrigue, and secrets that I received a free copy of in exchange for an unbiased review. I found myself totally captivated from page one, and couldn’t put it down until the end. Short is a master at weaving a tale of suspense, with rich description of people and places that draws the reader into the world she’s created. Her use of the third person enables us to see everything that’s going on, but she skillfully plants clues that force the reader to pay careful attention. I found myself rooting for Delaney from the outset, captivated by her merging of computer skills with good, old-fashioned gumshoe work, as she sets about not only solving Lafferty’s murder, but as she delves into her own past to solve an old crime that she’d long since forgotten. Past Pretense sets a new standard for the genre, and I look forward to Short’s next offering