She Smiled Sweetly by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
A Poppy Rice Mystery

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The intrepid Poppy Rice is back with not one but two cases, separated by thirty years but connected by DNA

When the body of a young pregnant woman washes ashore on a stretch of barren beach at Boston Harbor, homicide detective Rocky Patel writes to FBI agent Poppy Rice for help in identifying the Jane Doe. The crime lab comes up empty, but a year and a half later an anonymous tip to the Boston PD reveals the woman to be the wayward daughter of a prominent Irish American political family.
In a separate case, more than thirty years earlier, a pregnant woman's corpse had been discovered on the Irish island of Inishmore. A group of women secretly buried the body but saved a lock of the dead girl's hair, which is just now passed along to Poppy. She agrees to set up a DNA test, which soon confirms her gut feeling that the two drownings are somehow linked-and that foul play is involved.
Teaming up with the inimitable Rocky, Poppy sets out in search of truth and justice and instead finds herself snared in a web of political deceit, family intrigue, and out-and-out bad guys. As always, she rises to the occasion.
 

About Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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Mary Ann Tirone-Smith is the author of two other Poppy Rice mysteries, Love Her Madly and She's Not There. She has lived all her life in Connecticut, except for the two years she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
 
Published June 3, 2004 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When two pregnant redheads drown an ocean and 30 years apart, it’s up to FBI Special Agent Poppy Rice (She’s Not There, 2002, etc.) to establish the connection.

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Blend literary brilliance with outstanding mystery writing, stir in a bit of political intrigue and you get a surefire winner, Smith's third book to feature D.C.–based FBI agent Poppy Rice (after 2003's She's Not There ).

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