By John Copenhaver
In a small Virginia city nonetheless reeling from international conflict II, a photo of an attractive murdered girl propels 3 children into the center of a wide-ranging mystery.
A lurid crime scene picture of a pretty lady arrives on secret author Bunny Prescott's doorstep without go back address—and it is not the 1st time she's visible it. The reemergence of the picture, taken fifty-five years previous, units her on a trip to reconstruct the vicious summer time that modified her life.
In the summer time of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the lack of her brother, Robbie, who was once declared lacking within the Pacific. She attempts to piece jointly his existence by way of rereading his favourite pulp detective tale “A Date with demise” and spending time together with his ally, Jay Greenwood, in Royal Oak, VA. One unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a stretch of woods the place he chanced on a lifeless lady, but if they come, the physique is long gone. They quickly find a neighborhood girl named Lily Vellum is lacking and start to piece jointly the threads of her homicide, beginning with the picture Jay took of her deserted body.
As Ceola will get swept up taking part in woman detective, Bunny turns into more and more skeptical of Jay, and starts her personal research into the relationship among Jay and Lily. She discovers a chain of clues that position doubt at the id of the corpse and Jay’s tale of the way he chanced on it, and trips to Washington, D.C. looking for Lily. In D.C., Bunny is compelled to acknowledge the brutal fact approximately her expensive good friend, and units off a sequence of occasions that might convey tragedy to Jay and many years of estrangement among her and Ceola.
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