In Poppy Rice's second venture, the smart, outspoken FBI agent's vacation is rudely interrupted by a sinister murder.
FBI agent Poppy Rice is, rather unwillingly, taking time off to recuperate from injuries sustained on the job. A few days into her ill-conceived vacation on Block Island with Joe, her sometime-lover and soul mate, she happens upon a corpse dumped in the middle of the road.
The body of the victim, a young girl from a summer camp for overweight teenagers, is painfully contorted, her face frozen in a death scream. There are no visible wounds and the cause of death is a mystery. Although Poppy is no stranger to gruesome scenes, she is so disturbed by the murder that she can't help but defy her orders to rest. Then, just as she begins poking around, another body is found in the same condition as the first; this time, the pathologist reveals another similarity--the eardrums of both girls were ruptured.
Now Poppy must get to the killer before the killer gets to any more girls. With no clue as to the murderer's method or motive, she's going to need all the help she can get. But in the close-knit, tight-lipped Block Island community, secrets are kept--even deadly ones, in Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's She's Not There.
FBI agent Poppy and her ATF field adviser boyfriend, Joe Barnow, encounter murder where they least expect it on tranquil Block Island, where they've come for a much-deserved and long-awaited respite in Smith's unsettling second Poppy Rice whodunit (after 2002's Love Her Madly). The strangely convulsed bodies of first one, then a second camper from the island's isolated camp for overweight teenage girls turn up, and a shockingly different view of paradise emerges that of a tight community of old families whose legacy includes shipwrecks, slaves, hard times and buried secrets. Smith vividly illustrates that victims can come in all sizes and ages and that individual prejudices and inability to deal with the tough stuff of life can lead to devastating consequences. Author tour. FYI: Love Her Madly was chosen as aPeople magazine Page-Turner of the Week.