In 1923 ten million families own the Model T, America's most popular automobile. Ziegfeld Follies comes into its heyday and jazz reigns as king of music. This is the time when prohibition dominates social gatherings, and F. Scott Fitzgerald becomes the Flapper expert. Younger women all over the country shun having to wear corsets and trailing Victorian dresses like their mothers. These ladies rebel against waist-length braids in favor of the right to bob their locks. They argue for free speech and equality, beg to wear lipstick, and on occasion, show their knees.
When college-bound Kathleen McPherson, in Minneapolis, pushes her family's traditional boundaries, she's horrified to discover a stalker intent on killing her. A classmate, whose romantic life seems to parallel Kathleen's, is stabbed to death near Kathleen's home. Gossip implies the murdered girl carried on with an older man.
Kathleen and her best friend run away to Chicago to escape the knife-wielding stalker and to find happiness as Flappers. Instead of an entertainer's life full of fun and frolic, Kathleen encounters deception, death, heartbreak, and revenge. Not only does the stalker continue to pursue her, but now she must rescue her best friend from gangsters, and Kathleen must make certain she, herself, isn't murdered by the mob.
Charlene Bell Dietz searches for adventures everywhere. After a near-death scuba diving experience forced her to switch to snorkeling, she continued to spend countless hours on the surface of oceans examining sea life in places as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Belize, Honduras, and in the Galapagos. Some of her land adventures include journeying up the Amazon River, hiking through jungles and mountains, hunting for and excavating New Mexico dinosaurs, wilderness camping, and birding in Arizona. After retiring she helped build her home on the edge of a forest in New Mexico where she's able to learn about wildlife from personal observations. Her guilty pleasures include Opera, jazz and classical music, painting, sculpting, drawing, and letting the muses whisper to her about writing. She attended the University of Wyoming and received her postgraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.
PRAISE for C. B. Dietz's previous book, The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur:
"Readers will initially settle in for a standard mystery . . . this story becomes much more complicated than a simple whodunit--it delightfully turns into serious literature." --KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW