A valued representative of Kauffman Real Estate and Auctioneering vanishes, and $100,000 in cash disappears from the company safe. But even more bizarre, old Friedrich Kauffman is receiving threatening notes--all skewered by antique hatpins that once belonged to his mother. To solve this baffling mystery, Kauffman's anxious daughter Elsa turns to computer-whiz P.I. Patricia Delaney for help. But Delaney's tell-all computer databases and personal snooping quickly uncover more than the respectable Kauffmans wish to reveal, including shady business practices, bitter sibling rivalries, and Friedrich's corpse, stabbed in the chest with a twelve-inch-long hatpin shaped like an angel. It will not be the last.
When Patricia Delaney debuted in 1994, she was a cutting-edge, first-of-her-kind "eGumshoe." Now, the reprinted editions, with updates to reflect their times, of the Patricia Delaney eGumshoe mysteries still resonate with timeless humanity and passion, while providing a look back at the 1990s, when technology began to change forever how private investigators worked.
Reviews from the original print editions of the Patricia Delaney 'eGumshoe' Mystery Series:
"A fine edition to the ranks of professional sleuths." --Sue Grafton
"Hercule Poirot, Private Inquiry Agent, used to boast of his 'leetle gray cells.' Patricia Delaney, Investigative Consultant, uses the electronic bytes in her 'little gray box' to solve her cases with equal efficiency and flair. But computers never replace compassion and it's a pleasure to watch Delaney at work." Margaret Maron
"It is a pleasure to meet Patricia Delaney, a most unusual private eye." Nancy Pickard
"Private detective Patricia Delaney is a '90s sleuth who uses computer databases as well as old-fashioned gumshoe savvy to solve a baffling murder in the fast-paced and intriguing ANGEL'S BIDDING. Sharon Gwyn Short's debut effort is sure to win readers in this new and lively series." Kathy Hogan Trocheck (a.k.a. Mary Kay Andrews)
"I can think of very few debuts more promising, or more satisfying, than Sharon's (and Patricia Delaney's) in ANGEL'S BIDDING." William J. Reynolds