Bucks County Mysteries

Unringing the Bell

In Goose Bend, PA people don’t forget. Especially something as sensational as twelve-year-old Jacob Gillis accidentally burning down the town. Hoping for redemption, Jacob returns to Goose Bend nineteen years after the fire as an attorney specializing in environmental issues. He thinks his chance for atonement has come when the DA asks him to help with research in an environmental suit. When the local dance teacher is murdered, Jacob’s god father, Detective William Laskey, is assigned the case. Jacob becomes involved with the victim’s sister-in-law, an act that doesn’t go unnoticed by a politically ambitious prosecutor. The prosecutor, anxious for a speedy trial but lacking adequate evidence, tries to force Jacob to give false testimony in the murder trial, threatening to charge him with a breach of ethics if he refuses. Only by outwitting the DA and finding the real murderer can Jacob save his reputation and career as well as the reputation and career of his godfather.


Cover by Nat Jones, anatsacover.com           

Bride of the Wind

Rebekah, the only daughter of Goose Bend’s token Jewish family goes missing on her way home from Jordan where she works for Doctors Without Borders.  Detective William Laskey, a friend of the family, is called on to help find her. When a ransom note arrives asking for part of the family’s art collection instead of money, Laskey is puzzled. If the culprit(s) wanted the art work, a theft would have been easier and less risky than a kidnapping. When Laskey learns that the paintings were smuggled from Nazi-era Austria, he must go back in time to an incident in prewar Vienna in order to solve the mystery and save Rebekah’s life.


 Cover by Nat Jones, anatsacover.com                  

Future Titles in Goose Bend Mystery Series:

  • Death by Oboe
  • Sweet Rosie

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