B. Payton-Settles, author
This 55,000 word thriller introduces the oil-and-water duo of Iris DeVere and Jose Camargo. When she hires on at Camargo Detective Agency DeVere, naïve and unskilled at navigating the Hispanic community, attracts the attention of the wrong people in this bit of sleepy San Rafael, California. Camargo is alarmed when DeVere rescues the son of his missing ex-secretary, and when the secretary's body is discovered near San Pablo Bay the local cops step in. In order to prove herself to her boss and his colleagues, DeVere must find the killer and help the family of the murdered woman.