I interviewed Susan Van Kirk when Three May Keep A Secret, the first Endurance Mystery, was released by Five Star Publishing in 2014. Between books two and three in the series, Five Star discontinued publishing mysteries, leaving Susan without a publisher. She self-published the third book in the series, Death Takes No Bribes, and the novelette, The Locket. Last month, Susan announced on her blog that the last book ends the Endurance mysteries—to readers’ dismay.
In this third mystery set in the small Midwest town of Endurance, Illinois, retired teacher-turned-sleuth, Grace Kimball, returns to her old high school to investigate the poisoning murder of Endurance High School Principal John Hardy. It is a painful journey for Grace because she must face the possibility that one of her former colleagues is a murderer.
Endurance detective TJ Sweeney asks Grace, her former teacher and friend, to help navigate these treacherous waters when it becomes apparent that the murderer is a cold-blooded killer who will not hesitate to kill again.
The two friends have no end of suspects. The chemistry teacher who designed a poison unit? A spurned lover or her betrayed husband? A soon-to-be wealthy widow?
To top that off, the eccentric drama teacher at the high school is producing “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It isn’t exactly the best timing.
Meanwhile, Grace’s boyfriend and editor of the Endurance Register, Jeff Maitlin, has disappeared on some mysterious errand from his past. Then, Grace gets devastating news.
Death is stalking the halls of Endurance High School, and Grace Kimball and TJ Sweeney are only a few steps ahead.
“… the dispatcher called to tell her it was time to move the bones.”
After solving a double homicide in the hot Midwest summer, Endurance police detective TJ Sweeney isn’t given long to rest. A construction crew has found human bones while digging a building foundation on the outskirts of town.
Sweeney’s investigation soon concludes this is a murder victim, but from many decades earlier. Trying to identify the remains and put a name on the killer takes the detective through a maze of dead ends and openings, twists and turns.
And then it becomes personal…