The author of No Comfort for the Lost returns with a new mystery of Old San Francisco...
British-born nurse Celia Davies runs a free medical clinic to assist the poor women of San Francisco. Aided in her endeavors by her half-Chinese cousin Barbara and feisty housekeeper Addie, Celia has earned the trust and friendship of many of the city’s downtrodden, including a young orphan named Owen—who’s just confided to her that he’s stumbled upon a corpse.
Owen recently started working for the ruthless real estate and development group, Martin and Company, and discovered a dead body in the office’s basement. Celia turns to Detective Nick Greaves for help, only to learn that one of the main suspects—the husband of Celia’s dearest friend—is an old enemy of Nick’s.
Now, Celia and Nick must put aside their personal feelings about the case—and each other—if they’re going to bring a killer to justice...
Herriman's sequel to 2015's No Comfort for the Lost brings 1867 San Francisco to vivid life. When Owen Cassidy, a 14-year-old orphan, unearths a body while digging one night for hidden gold in the basement of the building owned by his employer, Martin and Company, he decides to go tell his benefactor, nurse Celia Davies. After accompanying Owen to the cellar, Celia advises Owen to report his grisly discovery to police detective Nick Greaves. Nick would like nothing more than to pin the murder on a former friend of his, Frank Hutchinson, who's one of the three partners in Martin and Company. The dead man, identified as Virgil Nash, turns out to have lots of enemies, including Hutchinson. Anxious to provide Nick with alternative suspects, Celia does her own sleuthing, which Nick reluctantly comes to accept. Inevitably, Celia courts danger, while Nick courts Celia. Plucky Celia's rebellion against the gender restrictions of her day makes up in part for a routine mystery.