Past Pretense

Past Pretense

by Sharon Short

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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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150339811
Publisher: Cornerstone Communications
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Patricia Delaney 'eGumshoe' Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,073,452
File size: 188 KB

About the Author

In addition to the Patricia Delaney eGumshoe Mysteries, Sharon Short is the author of My One Square Inch of Alaska, a novel about a young woman who helps her younger brother in 1953 Ohio achieve his seemingly simple dream of getting a deed to one square inch of Alaska through a cereal and television show promotion, and in so doing learns to embrace the power of her own dreams, published by Penguin Plume in 2013. The novel won several awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant. She is also the author of another mystery series, Josie Toadfern Stain-Busting mysteries (published by Fawcett Books) as well as several short stories. Sharon is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio) and wrote the weekly Sanity Check humor column for the newspaper for 10 years; a collection of Sanity Check reader favorites is available in book form. Sharon was named the 2014 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Sharon also is the Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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