For the first time in nearly twenty years, Delhi Laine’s family is whole. But that doesn’t mean everything is back to normal. With no proof to condemn her daughter’s kidnappers, Delhi’s family is forced to share Elisa with her “adopted” parents. But when they suddenly perish in a mysterious house fire, Elisa is heartbroken…and Delhi’s husband, Colin, is charged with their murder. Delhi knows it’s up to her to prove his innocence, but the deeper she digs, the more it becomes evident that nothing is as it seems. When Elisa goes missing, Delhi fears her nightmare may be repeating itself. If she can’t clear Colin’s name and find Elisa again, there may not be another chance. Twenty years ago she lost her daughter…if she fails now, she might lose everything—and everyone—she holds dear.
Delhi's passion is old books and she has a lot of work to do in her book barn, but it will have to wait. Her husband Colin is charged with murder, and with them living apart, neither Delhi nor Colin has an alibi. Unfortunately, they both have a motive - Elisa, kidnapped as a toddler by the now deceased couple. Then Elisa goes missing and Hannah may be in danger. Delhi re-examines her life, her marriage, her many decisions as the story unfolds.
The story has the obvious mystery, complicated by family dynamics that include ups and downs. Delhi's book business is a minor part, but Ruth Carew, the detective in charge who seems bound and determined to nail Colin or her based on some muddy boots and Frank Marsalli add to the conflicts and loyalties.
A BOOKMARKED DEATH is the latest in a series along with A NOVEL DEATH, A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEATH (which includes the story of Elisa) and AN ILLUSTRATED DEATH. Although it is the most recent, there is enough back story to read A BOOKMARKED DEATH as a stand-alone.
About This Author
Judi Culbertson draws on her experience as a used-and-rare book dealer, social worker, and world traveler to create her bibliophile mysteries. No stranger to cemeteries, she also co-authored five illustrated guides with her husband, Tom Randall, starting with Permanent Parisians. She lives in Port Jefferson, New York, with her family.