Jobeth O’Brien awakens on the floor of her kitchen, her battered face and the memory of an angry visitor tells her that she is close to something important in her investigation. In between this surveillance and delivering newspapers, her beloved â€˜62 Falcon is the scene of middle-of-the-night romps with a lonely socialite, who gives her more than she bargained for.
Her quest for the truth pits her against errant husbands, a modern-day madam with a taste for blood, a horny landlady, a vicious attack dog, and the lies she tells herself. Amid these challenges, Jobeth stakes out her prey and runs for her life, continuing the investigation that pulls her into close calls, unexpected allies, and more secrets. But Jobeth has secrets of her own, and only love can excavate them.
Newly ensconced in the house on Manor Lane, Jobeth and Phoebe are enjoying the city of Lakewood, Colorado and Jobethâ€™s newly licensed AKA Investigations.
After a fresh start in the Denver Metro region, life seems idyllic and full of promise.
The dream is soon shattered by ghosts from the past, appearing to tear the fabric of love and trust. With the company of their friend, Detective Ginger Grant, a crecendoing battle of survival will test their courage, as they discover the darker permutations of DNA.
One reviewer said: “â€¦in true AKA Investigations style, events conspire to spiral out of control, testing the fortitude, depth of feeling and sheer courage of each of the characters. Nail-biting action and heart-stopping tension take the reader on a roller-coaster ride through the pages, piling one catastrophe on top of another and testing the characters to the limit. I wasn’t sure they’d all make it out alive in this one, but it sure had me turning the pages to find out. Baeli is at the top of her game here, delivering a book at once touching and full of odd, often humorous bits of wisdom and a storyline of exciting misadventure and action.”
Ponzi Bonnet has the perfect husband – until she finds out otherwise. As a psychiatrist, he should have been the ideal husband for her. But when she finds out he leads a sinister double life, she knows it’s up to her to stop him.Her, with the help of the two best friends a woman could hope for.
Kenda Harper is an actress, and will do anything to help. Even if it means endangering her own life and denying the yearning in her heart.
Anna Dew, an artist and HSP, could not tell her friend Ponzi why she pulled away, but when she learns that her solution only enables bad men to do bad things, she is compelled to help make it right.
Three women find strength amid their weaknesses, embarking on a journey into darkness and the labyrinths of selfhood, where they will match wits with the men who would inflict harm on other women.
And where they won’t give up until justice is done.
In a unique departure from the conventions of most serial fiction, this novel depicts the events of the previous book, Also Known as Syzygy, from the point of view of the women of The AKA Investigations team. -Lesbian Literati
Jobeth O’Brien discovers that even when she’s out of commission, due to a back injury, there’s no way she can stay out of the loop. Not when so much is going on in her household full of women.
There’s a disturbing theme to things though, when time after time she and Phoebe, Izzy and Ginger are forced to help women out of violent situations, and go after the men intent on keeping those women exactly where they want them. Both couples – Jobeth and Phoebe, Izzy and Ginger – are suffering from the side-effect of all this, questioning their roles in the world and their relationships. Phoebe is she from whom all blessings flow – but is this enough for her? Jobeth is sharp but unschooled – she’s not liking how she compares to Phoebe’s old college friends. Izzy is having a really tough time, the return of unwelcome family connections making her question her talent and her dreams. Ginger takes on the case of her career, but at home, she’s having to hide something from Izzy.
Meanwhile, a rapist is on the prowl, and no one is feeling safe anymore.
Jobeth and Phoebe go back to basics in more ways than one.
With the Ascension House up and running, and Jobeth busier than ever with her Investigations, Phoebe thinks it’s time that she and Jobeth have a vacation. Especially since they have lost track of their intimate time together. She suggests a unique mountain getaway called Sleepy Cat Peak Lofty Cabins–a retreat for the gay community where the cabins are treehouses.
While Jobeth tries to resist the urge to investigate the interesting goings-on in the winter oasis, she also has to deal with some sobering questions about her relationship with Phoebe; and although Phoebe made Jobeth promise to leave her gun and her investigative obsession at home, she can’t help but get involved in the life and drama of the old lesbian couple who run the place.
But neither Jobeth nor Phoebe expected their getaway to turn into something so pivotal to their relationship, nor to have to explore preconceived notions so profoundly.
Can Jobeth get past her own boundaries? Or will she lose Phoebe forever?
Change can be exciting in many ways, even when it is thrust upon you. Fresh from vacation, the AKA team gets back to work.
Goths and goons, mortal danger and dirty cops, unexpected road tripsâ€“all conspiring against Phoebe, Jobeth, Ginger and Izzy. While Phoebe struggles with inner turmoil, Ginger and Chloe lament the replacement of an ailing Captain Campbell and Jobeth takes on a new case.
As Jobeth and Izzy begin their investigation, they soon find a simple missing person case mushrooming into something far more sinister. With Captain Donnie Crane at the helm, the Denver Police Department is changing, threatening not only the careers of Ginger and Chloe, but their very lives. Will their brothers in blue watch their backs or turn against them? How can the two detectives continue to do their jobs?
Great loss and seemingly random events push them all to a solution that will mean stark changes. There may be nowhere to run that is far enough away from those who want them-and all their closest allies-dead.
Ginger Grant will do whatever she has to do, to keep her loved ones safe.
Baeli again gives her readers characters to love and hate, witty repartee, page-turning action and shrewd plotting, making the sixth in the AKA series as readable as the previous five.