When a valuable but unpopular painting is stolen from a local museum, Detective Nick Bramble takes an unexpected plunge into the art world. Going into it, he actually has two problems. One is his . . . well . . . attitude about art. The other is his daughter, who is determined to have a career in art. At first, he’s willing to give the thief a pat on the back, but he’s also willing to track the thief down, especially when he thinks doing so may help derail his daughter’s career choice. What he doesn’t know is, he’s due for a painful art lesson.
A young man’s brutal death is confirmed by the first cops on the scene, the EMTs, and the medical examiner. And by Detective Cleveland, who is assigned to the case without his usual partner. Everyone agrees the victim is truly dead. But Cleveland brings a little more to the job than a cop usually does. He has a gift that—so far—only he knows about, and he’s always wanted to keep it that way. He calls it a little tickle in the mind. Perhaps some might call it being haunted. Usually, when it speaks to him, it serves merely to keep himself out of trouble, but this time he’s sure it’s a different voice. Perhaps the urgent voice of the victim lying at his feet. If it is, he thinks he’d better listen. Still, it’s only able to give him impressions. Ninety minutes later, the victim wakes up on the way to the morgue, asking for Cleveland. This time, the message is unmistakable.
Young Cliff Mills could tell you about bad economic times as well as what could happen when a fellow puts a gun in your face. Cliff is sitting pretty. He works days as a highly-
But the big crash happens, and the fabric of the country, and his life unravels. His employer is forced to let him go, jobs become as scarce as dinosaur teeth, a bank failure robs him of his college tuition, and when he finds temporary work for a few days, his employer disappears with the money he needs to pay the rent and avoid eviction. To avoid life in the in the local Hooverville, takes refuge in a small town where his employment prospects are said to be even worse.
Before he can even try to get on his feet, his life is quickly complicated when he discovers he is the only one who seems to notice a series of strange and mysterious goings-
Everything is truly out of kilter.
A Cliff Mills Novel.
In these stories, Cliff Mills is still squashed by the bad times the country is going through. But he is a fellow who can spot what’s wrong with a car from across the street. That’s probably why he can’t help but notice the little things that no one else seems to see when murder strikes a little too close to home.
IN SEARCH OF A PERFECT CHRISTMAS contains four lighthearted, sometimes tongue-