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Did you ever fantasize that an unknown relative has died and left you a fortune? Be careful what you wish for. When a stranger insists she's kin to filmmaker Maggie MacGowen, Maggie assumes the woman is what the LAPD calls a "5150," a mentally disturbed person. But after the stranger dies, Maggie discovers that she has an extended family in France–all of whom have "expectations" for their share of the inheritance. It's a legacy tangled in a complicated weave of issues, history, desires, legalities, and financial desperation. If the elders of this apparently genteel family did not hesitate to slit the throats of German occupiers to save their estate during the last war, to what lengths will they and their heirs go to claim their birthright? Traveling to France, Maggie is thrown into this parallel universe, trying to remember "the ghosts of comfort, fear, or love" from her earliest years. She must question everything she's ever known about herself and her life–and deal with a large cast of previously unknown blood relatives, some of whom may not have affectionate feelings for the little girl who vanished so long ago. Especially when large sums of euros are involved....
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About the Author
Wendy Hornsby is the author of eight critically praised mysteries, six of them about Maggie MacGowen. She has been awarded a short-story Edgar as well as a French literary prize, besides nominations for other French and American mystery writing awards. She lives in Southern California, where she teaches European history as a professor at Long Beach City College. She likens the study and teaching of history, her "day job," to the writing of mysteries. She says, "History, mystery, same process; snooping around among the remains of dead people, finding questions, looking for answers."