Signs of the Father: A Dana Demeter Mystery
Author: A.F. Whitehouse
Publisher: Duncan (2022)
A church janitor is dead and priceless chalices are missing. Detective Dana Demeter agrees to look into the closed case as a favor to the parish priest, having plenty of time on her hands while suspended from the Chicago Police Department.
Problem is, she doesn't think there's a connection between the death and the theft.
A slim lead yields unexpected comfort, in the guise of a four-year-old girl, in Dana's otherwise chaotic life. She is mandated to attend treatment for alcoholism, receives divorce papers from her husband of ten years, and causes a serious car accident resulting in a drunk driving ticket.
A ticket she will do anything—anything—to make go away.
Will Dana's instincts point her in the right direction to solve the case? Her struggle to manage responsibilities in her life, to her deaf parents, to her cop husband, and to her detective partner, may ultimately overwhelm her ability to cope.