Dae O’Donnell has been enjoying her life. She’s in her first term as the mayor of Duck, North Carolina and her popularity is high, in part because of her role in keeping the local bookshop and coffee house open. Dae’s also in a relationship with a very nice man, Kevin Brickman, who’s been running the Blue Whale Inn for the past year. Kevin is from away, but he fits in with the locals the way few outsiders do. His background as an FBI agent never comes up, and although Dae knows that Kevin was once engaged to an FBI colleague, she doesn’t dwell on it.
But suddenly, she has to. Kevin’s former fiancée, Ann, shows up, seemingly wanting to pick up where they left off. But Kevin is not the same person, and neither is Ann. As work partners, Kevin and Ann pulled a number of missing child cases. When they they failed to find a child alive, it was hard on them, so hard that Ann eventually broke down. The woman who shows up in Duck is a wraith, still showing evidence of her trauma and institutionalization. Given Ann’s state, Dae decides that she needs to keep some distance from Kevin while he and Ann sort things out. And Dae has some business to attend to. Her elderly neighbor, Mac Sweeney, enlists Dae’s help in finding a missing medallion, one that Old Man Sweeney had picked up in a grocery store parking lot. When Dae calls upon her psychic gift to find the medallion, she sees a vision of its true owner, local realtor Chuck Sparks, being shot. Soon she finds his body, but not his young daughter. As she attempts to find the girl, Dae learns about a criminal ring trading in stolen artifacts, people who will do anything to get their hands on certain treasures. The FBI are called in, but when Dae senses that time is running out for the girl, she and Ann join forces.
This is the fourth Missing Pieces Mystery. To start the series at the beginning, read A Spirited Gift.
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