A nostalgic, wonderfully detailed look at an era when trains were still a major mode of transportation and life, at least on the surface, seemed idyllic compared to today.” —Kirkus Reviews
It‘s almost midnight on the sleek streamliner known as the California Zephyr. Heading for her quarters, train attendant Jill McLeod walks through the “Silver Gorge” Pullman car, and sees something she can’t explain. Is the shimmering light a ghost? Jill doubts the evidence of her own eyes, but soon learns that others have seen the phenomenon, too. Whatever—whoever—is haunting roomette four may be connected to an incident two months earlier, when Jill found the body of a young man there. The verdict on the death was natural causes. Now it looks like the unquiet spirit is pointing to murder.
Judith Van Gieson, author of the Neil Hamel and Claire Reynier mystery series, said of Dawson’s train mysteries: “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.”
Dawson has provided a 4-page Afterword of research sources and a bibliography of books and films about the real-life trains.
This is Janet Dawson’s third mystery in the California Zephyr series. In her other series, PI Jeri Howard has sleuthed through twelve 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.
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