When Louisa Daniel and her daughter, Emily Kristich, set off for West Texas to execute the will of Louisa's Aunt Atie, they think they're going to one funeral. Three funerals later, Louisa and Emily have opened more closets and discovered more skeletons rattling around in them than they bargained for. Louisa takes Emily along, so her daughter can get to know relatives she has met only a couple times. Emily discovers the family of a college roommate not far from her relatives. Texas is a big state, but the journey of Louisa and Emily proves it's a small world. Mother and daughter thought they were going to the middle of nowhere, but, as their story progresses, they find the middle of nowhere is somewhere in the middle of all the action.
David Kristich, son-in-law of Louisa Daniel, discovers he owns a dilapidated warehouse courtesy of the will of his natural father with whom David had minimal contact. When checking out the warehouse, David, wife Emily and Louisa discover human bones. Not only does the family find bones, they also find a park behind the warehouse which adds to the intrigue of the building. In addition to the problem of an empty building, David also inherits a group of preservationists who wish to keep the historic atmosphere of Pleasant Creek intact. A second group of money-hungry land developers wants to profit from the sale of the land. A third faction wants control of the building to keep the bones a secre...
In keeping with the spirit of altruism started by her social worker mother, Louisa Daniel, Emily Kristich performs community service. When she takes a position on the board of directors of a non-profit organization, Sustain and Shelter, Emily has to wade through a group of strange board members and stranger goings on. In addition, Emily must see to responsibilities of motherhood, comptroller for her husband's business and other volunteer work. If it only took two of these activities, she would be a master of time management and efficiency. However, being a twenty-first century woman, Emily must fit the solution of three deaths into her multi-tasking life. Join Emily in It Takes Two, the third book of the Louisa Daniel mystery series, as she, with the help of her mother, Louisa, sorts through an enigmatic situation in the work of volunteerism. "Attention grabbing details, smooth prose, and interesting personal sidelights." -Library Journal (for Social Graces) "Hall's whimsical second mystery serves up a filling dish." -Publishers' Weekly (for Nowhere Is Somewhere)
Social worker Louisa Daniel is in her sixties, recently divorced, harried, and always late to work, to the consternation of Charles, her boss at the Contra Costa County social service agency where she is employed. The fatal accident of Letitia, a co-worker, changes Louisa's life and turns her into an amateur sleuth. She discovers that Letitia had been moonlighting as a call girl, and that she had information on the Strengs, a family connected to the agency, which sealed her fate. Zoe Streng is trying to adopt a baby through the agency, and her brother, Percival, is Louisa's boss' lover, resulting in a complicated list of suspects. Will Louisa find the murderer in time? Or will she too fall victim to the plots surrounding the social service agency?
Robert Tucker was born about 1676 in Charles City County, Virginia. In 1698 he married Elizabeth Parham. In 1719 or 1720 he married Martha (Epps?) and settled on land in Amelia, County, Virginia where he died in 1750. Descendants and relatives lived in Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and elsewhere.