Ethel Bradley had fallen asleep in front of a flickering TV.
It was too bad.
If she had been awake, she might have discovered that she had won the lotto jackpot. The numbers that she played every week for over seventeen years–the birthdays of her deceased husband and son–had finally come in.
The lotto ticket was safely tucked inside her chubby little fist, which rested upon her heaving lap.
A younger hand gently reached over and pulled the ticket from her tiny hand while the announcer re-read the numbers.
Stunned at winning, the owner of the younger hand returned the ticket to Ethel’s lap.
This would have to be handled with care. With a little finesse, this could play into a really big score, but would have to be thought through very carefully.
But one thing was for sure. There was no way Ethel Bradley was going to enjoy one dollar from that winning lotto ticket.
No damned way in hell!
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Ethel Bradley thinks someone is trying to kill her, but doesn’t know who or why. She enlists the help of her childhood friend, Lady Elsmere, but Lady Elsmere has troubles of her own in the form of a ne’er-do-well English nephew who’s trying to steal her estate. Both women turn to Josiah Reynolds, who has just returned from New York.
Josiah calls Detective Goetz who recommends a shamus named Walter Neff. Walter and Josiah scour the Bluegrass for answers that turn out to be deadly. To make matters worse for Josiah, Fred O’nan (the rogue cop who tried to kill Josiah in Death By A HoneyBee) is a free man and still gunning for her.
Josiah, full of sass and vinegar, meets these challenges head on with the support of her friends, Franklin and Matt. Will Josiah be thwarted this time?
Kentucky can be a cruel mistress to those wanting justice and exacts a high price for it. Sometimes the “dark and bloody ground” demands double indemnity. This is something Josiah knows very well. Very well indeed.