Something suspicious is going on at the Vanderly library—rare books are missing from the University’s Special Collection room. With her granddaughter enrolled in daycare, Iris has more time on her hands, and she’s willing to help her friend perform a simple audit of the collection. In the meantime, she’s distracted by another situation. A shooting at the local gun range, where a human was the target.
Giovanni di Caro is fascinated with the unconventional Mrs. Dittemeyer and readily agrees to accompany her to Philadelphia to explore what happened to the books. His background as an ancient manuscripts expert is advantageous, and the two have worked well together in the past. But when a struggling priest inadvertently exposes a nick in Giovanni’s armor, will Iris become disillusioned with the man he’s become?
It’s easy for a retired science teacher to recognize the potent chemistry sizzling between Giovanni and herself. Not quite as simple for Iris to ignore Peter’s random, peculiar comments. It’s been three years since a hit-and-run driver killed her husband. Perhaps she should start seeing that grief counselor again?
Iris is investigating two peculiar mysteries: a disaster in the archives and a death in the shooting range. Giovanni’s focus has narrowed onto an even more intriguing puzzle.Iris.