A trip to Denver to research legalized marijuana turns into a murder case: “Very entertaining…[the] solution is both surprising and memorable.”—Booklist
It’s a well-known fact that some members of the cancer-survivor support group Hannah Ives works with take marijuana. Recreational use of the drug may be illegal, but a few, like Maryland State Senator Claire Thompson, are prescribed it on medical grounds. Now Claire has co-sponsored a Cannabis Legalization Bill—and wants Hannah to be part of a fact-finding task force that testifies before the Maryland State Senate.
Before long, Hannah is in Denver, Colorado, the Mile High City, staying at a B&B with a group of pot pilgrims and medical refugees—some of whom, like her, are on a mission for information. But when one of the group is found dead, and a closer inspection of the body reveals they may not be who they seem, Hannah is plunged into a dangerous cocktail of drugs and death.
From the Agatha and Anthony Award-winning author, this is an involving mystery starring a “heroine who must not be missed” (Sujata Massey, author of The Salaryman’s Wife).
“Witty, well-constructed…Talley takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hannah Ives tackles life’s up and downs with humor, intelligence, and courage.”—Deborah Crombie, Macavity Award-winning author
“In this American version of a manor-house mystery, Hannah has to figure out who among the guests—a young academic couple, a naval cadet, senior citizens on their way to a wedding—is hiding what…[an] amusingly colorful setting.”—Kirkus Reviews
In Talley's witty, well-constructed 16th Hannah Ives mystery (after 2016's Footprints to Murder), Hannah, a breast cancer survivor and facilitator of a cancer support group in Annapolis, Md., is contacted by Claire Thompson, a Maryland state senator who's been using marijuana for medical purposes. Claire offers Hannah a role in a small fact-finding task force studying the feasibility of legalizing the sale and farming of marijuana in the state. As a first step, the two women travel to Denver, Colo., the mecca of marijuana tourism in America. Safely ensconced in Bell House, their elegant B&B, they are ready for a full immersion into the recreational, medical, culinary, and economic benefits cannabis brings to the community, but when an unpopular guest is smothered in the B&B's solarium, Hannah turns sleuth and discovers that many of her fellow guests have disturbing secrets and private agendas. Fair-play clues lead to a surprising motive behind the murder. Talley takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.)