Time and Trouble by Gillian Roberts
An Emma Howe and Billie August Mystery

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Seasoned investigator Emma Howe has been in the business so long nothing can surprise her. But her new assistant, an overeducated single mother named Billie August, nearly manages to amaze her. Billie is quick, ambitious, smart. And a lot tougher than she appears. That's a good thing, because Emma has just taken a case that will rock both of their worlds.

Sophie Redmond has come to Emma in a desperate search for her teenage daughter, whom she fears has joined a bizarre cult. In an odd twist of fate, Emma and Billie recognize wheelchair-bound Mrs. Redmond as an insurance scammer they've been tailing for another client. The woman's fake injuries are only one symptom of a family plunge into darkness-a legacy one troubled girl wants desperately to escape.


About Gillian Roberts

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Gillian Roberts is an associate professor in North American Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is co-investigator of the Leverhulme Trust--funded Culture and the Canada--US Border international research network. She recently completed a monograph on cultural representations of the Canada--US border.
Published April 15, 1998 by Minotaur Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She’s slender, blond, beautiful, with an elegance that suggests to Emma (audible snarl here) that “she wore white gloves in her soul.” The fact is, though, that there’s as much steel and drive in Billie as in Emma, and, truly making them sisters under the skin, as much rampaging curiosity.

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Veteran Roberts (the Amanda Pepper series) introduces a new sleuthing pair, Northern California's Emma Howe, middle-aged owner of a middling investigative firm, and Billie August, a young single mother whom Emma hires and whose experience consists solely of having located her toddler son after hi...

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