When the aunt of senatorial candidate Brian Hadley is murdered, his political career is threatened by false accusations. But secrets whispered to historian Lottie Albright, editor of the county history books, suggest there's more to the story, and she's sure Brian is innocent of the crime.
Ignoring warnings from her twin sister, clinical psychologist Josie Albright, Lottie dons a badge and delves into a horrifying "cold case" to prove her merits as a deputy. Soon her ability to combine historical research methods and police procedure impresses Sheriff Sam Abbot. Then the twins join forces and find themselves in a deadly race to connect past, present, and future and uncover a murderer.
Charlotte Hinger is a historian who was inspired by listening to the stories of the natural born liars in her small community of Lone Elm, Kansas. Her historical novel Come Spring won the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Award. Deadly Descent is her first mystery.