Beyond the Carousel
The Wyattsviille Series
by Bette Lee Crosby
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2017 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2016
A FAMILY TRAGEDY, A 25 YEAR OLD MURDER, AND A DETECTIVE
DETERMINED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT...
Laura Wilkes has everything a woman could want when she snaps the carousel picture. Her daughter, a happy little five-year-old, is holding the brass ring and smiling at a daddy who adores her. Each time the carousel circles around Laura snaps another picture, seven in all. This is a day of unforgettable happiness; one of the few Laura has left.
In the months following the stock market crash, Franklin Wilkes is killed; gunned down in senseless act of vengeance. The police know who did it, but the man has disappeared. It’s the height of the depression and there are hoards of nameless, faceless men living in freight train yards and back alleys. The murderer is never caught, but Laura and Emory, her father, never give up hope of finding him.
Now, twenty-five years later, Laura’s daughter has fallen in love with Jack Mahoney a policeman working crowd control with the strikers at the Telephone Company.
Right now Mahoney is a rookie, he has little or no power, but Emory is hopeful he is the one person who can ultimately find Franklin’s killer and deliver the justice the family has long awaited.
Readers of the other Wyattsville books will welcome the chance to get to know the kind-hearted Spare Change detective as a young man about to fall in love.
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Most of this story takes place just before and during the Great Depression with Laura Wilkes and her daughter living through the terrible privations of the times, along with the murder of Laura’s husband. Through the years, Laura and her father-in-law try to keep the search for Laura’s husband alive. A quarter of a century later, it’s Laura’s daughter who is still searching for justice and she hope to find it with the help of police officer Jack Mahoney. Some people have a gift and Crosby does, she’s a writer who immerses her readers in her stories in such a way that they never want to leave the world she has created. Do yourself a favor and read this book