When interior decorator Claire Burke discovers one of her clients dead on the new rug that she’s just installed, she never imagines that she will soon be hard at work investigating the woman’s murder. However, her severely disabled, wheelchair-bound daughter Jessie forms a bond with the victim’s husband Jimmy, and when the man is arrested for his wife’s killing, Claire can’t believe that anyone who could be so tender towards her daughter could actually harm another human being. Soon, she enlists her friend Tia to help prove the man’s innocence. Tia ensconces herself in the man’s home under the guise of providing him cleaning services––all the while snooping for possible clues that might exonerate the man. Claire’s Aunt Augusta also arrives for a visit and quickly befriends an elderly neighbor, and the two old ladies––anxious to help Claire––start their own investigation. With detectives seemingly everywhere, no one can possibly imagine who will ultimately bring down the killer––and it may be the most amazing detective of them all!
Emma Pivato spent her childhood in a rural area in northeastern Alberta but has lived most of her adult life in Edmonton. She earned an MA in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and worked for twenty years as an assessment and counseling psychologist before joining Athabasca University, a distance learning institute, in 2004. She teaches in their Interdisciplinary Studies program and does most of her work from home.
Emma lives with her husband, Joe Pivato, and younger daughter, Alexis, who has multiple challenges. The various efforts involved in organizing a positive life for her daughter have provided some of the background context for this book. Emma is the editor of Different Hopes, Different Dreams, (1984, 1990), a collection of Alberta stories about the impact on the family of raising a child with developmental challenges.