City of Ghosts (Miranda Corbie Mystery #3) by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur hardcover, 5 August 2014).
So much is going on in Miranda's life!
Returned from nursing in the Spanish Civil War, she works hard to forget the loss there of the love of her life. She finally has a P.I. license, and enough cases to get by, thanks to some unwelcome publicity.
But when her "old friend" from the State Department, James MacLeod, drops by and asks her to help her country by tailing a possible art smuggler. Upon learning that the remuneration for this job will be $5,000, plus passage to England on a luxury liner.
It's the trip to England that seals the deal; Miranda has received a postcard purporting to be from her mother, whom she had assumed was long dead, and Miranda wants badly to find her.
Then two of her clients die violent deaths, and she's suddenly working three cases instead of two. Or could they possibly be linked?
Stanley allows the reader to see and identify with the sensitive, wounded woman beneath Miranda's public hard-as-glass exterior through language and settings reminiscent of the great classic noir authors.
Settle down comfortably, as you won't want to move until you've reached the last page.
Kelli Stanley is the author of the
Miranda Corbie Mysteries, and
the Roman Noir Mysteries as
well as a number of short stories
and essays on the craft of writing.
Some of her major literary influences
are Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett,
Tennessee Williams, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
She lives in Dashiell Hammett's
(and Miranda Corbie's) San Francisco.
FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the author and the publisher for the Advance Reading Copy of the book.