Signs of Murder: A Dana Demeter Mystery
Author: A.F. Whitehouse
Publisher: Duncan (2022)
As the only hearing person in an all-Deaf family, Dana Demeter assumed a position of authority at a young age—interpreting for her parents, alerting to sounds that meant trouble, absorbing slights aimed at her twin brother.
Now as a Chicago homicide detective, matters beyond Dana's control begin to pile up: Her father's Deaf friend is murdered and the lead investigator rejects her help, bungling the case; her husband refuses to return home until Dana deals with her grief over a miscarriage; and her Lieutenant suspends her for ten days citing a claim she was drinking on the job.
A bogus claim.
Can Dana bypass the lead detective and solve the murder on her own? Will she confront her personal loss and save her marriage? Does she agree to alcoholism counseling in order to keep the job she loves? Dana struggles to conquer these challenges, unsure until the end whether to embrace defiance or submit to the status quo.