When a woman is found murdered in her North Beach apartment in San Francisco, Casey McKie takes on the case as a favor to her friend Dee Jefferson. The singer and club owner wants Casey to prove the man accused of the crime, jazz drummer Greg Sanderson, is innocent. Casey discovers the crime scene is free of forensic evidence. She figures it's the work of an experienced killer, and more murders with the same tactics prove her hunch correct.
Since all the victims were young jazz singers, Casey concludes the killer is someone from the jazz community. Is it Tony, the womanizing owner of a club where they all sang? Or songwriter Bernie Silvers, who pestered them to perform his tunes? Or is it actually Greg, who has a history of violence? Or someone unsuspected? After a string of dead ends, Casey is forced to use a singer as bait to catch the killer.
"Imagine a setting as syncopated as San Francisco and the lingo of hard-nosed local gendarmes. Mix both in the unpredictable environment of jazz, and you have an irresistible recipe...from Joan Merrill and her alter ego, Detective Casey McKie." (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes)
“And All That Stalking features jazz-loving private eye, Casey McKie, who is based in San Francisco’s Chinatown, conveniently close to the jazz club run by veteran singer Dee Jefferson. Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, Dee persuades Casey to investigate a murder. Casey ably finds her way through a sometimes grim milieu wherein dark secrets are harbored by all, and eventually tracks down and brings to justice the killer. This is the second Casey McKie story to appear in Audible’s list (the other is And All That Madness), and altogether this resourceful detective has now appeared in five novels. Author Joan Merrill’s life outside her series of detective stories is close to the scene she explores so well and includes her work as record producer and musicians’ agent. Her intimate knowledge of the jazz scene ensures that the pictures she paints are vividly realistic. All of this is captured by the narrator of this Audible book, Liisa Ivary, whose voice, edgily tough, and subtly shifting between characters, brings added texture to this well-written and strongly recommended tale of intrigue and murder.” (Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International, JazzMostly.com)
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Mystery, Jazz, and San Francisco
A good introduction to Casey McKie mysteries
- Roger A.