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Each year the residents of Nether Haddon celebrate the village’s founding with performances by their sword dancers. But something new is added to the fancy footwork this year: a team member is murdered. While the CID team investigates, King Roper, a career criminal, has escaped from prison. Free and eager to settle the score for his capture, Roper tracks down the team, ready for revenge…


“The setting is England’s atmospheric Haddon Hall and mystery writer Jo A. Hiestand has done a masterful job of weaving its contemporary dance team and the intrigues of an historic event into a heart-pounding escapade of mystery and adventure. Her mastery of the English language, understanding of British customs, combined with her uncanny knack of pulling the reader into her web of intrigue, cannot be surpassed.” ~Esther Luttrell, author of INVITATION TO A MURDER


A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folksinging stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Taylor & Graham mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy ⎯ from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area ⎯ has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.

Jo graduated from Webster University with a BA degree in English and departmental honors. To learn more about Jo, please visit her website.