Maverick Flatts was a tranquil village until the yellow fever outbreak of 1872. After three years, life was settling down when cavalry soldiers nearly destroy the square hunting for a fugitive. When a citizen is murdered, the village blames the soldiers and the soldiers blame the villagers. The Westin family gets involved — which surprises no one — while a masked figure appears from nowhere — which surprises everyone. The Masked Rider allows the fugitive to escape capture, is blamed for the murder and seems quite comfortable leaping from windows, holding people hostage and foiling everyone’s best laid plans.
Holly Westin is determined to find out who killed her neighbor but with the captain of the unruly soldiers attempting to court her, the fugitive hiding somewhere on her land, her brother arrested for murder and her father drinking himself into a stupor when his in-laws visit, she wonders if she can keep it together long enough to protect her family, unmask the killer and save the quiet village from itself.
Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes long walks on the beach. Oh, this is an Author Bio? In that case… Ahem, Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes to take long walks on the beach where she thinks up delicious ways to murder people and give them motives, means, opportunities and fake alibis. Don't randomly ask her what she's thinking because she'll tell you. She doesn't want a repeat of that time she was with a group of strangers and she blurted out her frustration at her car. "How on earth am I expected to kill somebody in the woods without being seen when I can't turn off the automatic headlights?" She didn't know why they shrank back and gave her a wide berth the rest of the evening. She didn't know why no one offered advice to get around this tricky annoyance. It's a coincidence she then started writing cozy mysteries set in 1875… Jennifer Oberth (the sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor) has two cats (Copper & Outlaw). When she's not at work, cursing the computer when it doesn't work, she can be found at home, cursing the computer when it doesn't work.