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A City on Wheels

The California Zephyr speeds across the western United States, with Death dealing the cards for the highest stakes in the game.


Janet Dawson has long been interested in historic trains. When she learned that the CZ had a train hostess known as a Zephyrette, she knew she’d found an ideal protagonist. As a member of the train crew who was constantly interacting with passengers and crew members, she was perfectly suited to the role of detective by her observant qualities and poise. Dawson interviewed two retired Zephyrettes for this book. She has also provided a 3-page Afterword of research sources and a bibliography of books and films..

Judith Van Gieson, author of the Neil Hamel and Claire Reynier mystery series, said of Dawson’s first train mystery: “Through a trip onboard the
California Zephyr Janet Dawson takes the reader back to the 1950s and does an admirable job of capturing the spirit of a time when World War II was a recent memory and the Korean War was an all too vivid reality.  It was also a time when women were advancing professionally and her heroine Jill McLeod takes a step forward with her job as a Zephyrette.”

This is Janet Dawson's second mystery in the California Zephyr series. In her other series, PI Jeri Howard has sleuthed through ten books, the first of which won the St. Martin’s/PWA award and other mystery award nominations. She lives in California’s East Bay Region and welcomes visitors at her website—www.janetdawson.com.

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Death Deals a Hand
A California Zephyr Mystery

Janet Dawson
978-1-56474-569-9
232 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95

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