Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family?
When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out that Thalia’s lover, Zoe, hasn’t seen her either, she starts to wonder if there’s something sinister going on. Then Thalia’s ex-boyfriend turns up dead. Is Calli hunting a killer or another victim?
This fast-moving thriller follows Calli Barnow through the twists and turns of Toronto’s neighbourhoods, from run-down but friendly Kensington Market to the Church Street gaybourhood, through the ravines of Rosedale and Mount Pleasant’s mausoleums.
Calli is an engaging companion, flawed but determined, pursued by her own demons as she tries to find a missing girl before more trouble finds her.
In the glamorous world of advertising, image is everything as intrepid lesbian PI Calli Barnow finds out when she goes undercover at a top Toronto agency.
Following a twisted money trail, she stumbles across the body of a hot young copywriter, dead of a drug overdose at his desk. Just another casualty of the Bay Street rat race? Calli doesn’t think so, and when she follows her intuition, trouble usually follows her.
Oranges and Lemons is the second in the Calli Barnow mystery series.
Life is good for private investigator Calli Barnow. Recently married to her beautiful partner, Jess; overcoming her anxiety with time spent in the boxing ring; and happily successful in her working life, it’s going to be a good summer for Calli. But, life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans, and Calli’s life is about to take a confusing turn. Everyone around her has surprising secrets to reveal, including Calli’s sweet elderly mother. And her new case keeps throwing up new angles for Calli and her sidekick Dewey to investigate. In a book that centres around family: lost, found, chosen, and unexpected, Calli Barnow faces her most difficult challenges yet. She must face the unthinkable, armed only with the love of her friends and her own inner resources.