Author: Elizabeth Sims
Published: June 23, 2009 by St Martin's Minotaur
Series Name: Rita Farmer Mysteries
Main Character: Rita Farmer, George Rowe, Amaryllis B. Cubitt
Studying to be a lawyer, Rita Farmer is so broke that she's taking bottom-of-the-barrel acting jobs to keep herself and her son afloat. Decked out in police uniform as an extra on a movie shoot, she wanders into a rough part of town only to be pulled into a vicious assault. Rita chases off the men but the boy they attacked isn’t out of danger yet. Rita’s heart goes out to him and his grandmother Amaryllis B. Cubitt, the director of an urban mission that Rita had turned to for help years ago. But the mission has changed from its unassuming past, and is now flush with private donations and gruff guards posted at the doors. Rita can’t help but wonder if now Amaryllis is too proud to ask for the help she needs.