Returning for a second suspense-filled mystery, Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker find themselves embroiled in a Property Owners Association power struggle.
When winter arrives in the North Carolina Mountains, Jemma's need to find lucrative work leads her to turn to her love of cabinet making and photography. Having heard of Jemma's skill from another member of the association, the POA president Petula Windsor, hires Jemma to build cabinets in her guest house. Jemma struggles with her CSI wannabe urges to refrain from investigating a robbery that occurred in Petula's main house, where cash and an investigator's file was stolen.
Upon completion of her task, Jemma stops by the main house to pick up her pay from Petula's husband, Ward. On her way back to her truck she smells smoke coming from the guest house. She races to find a way to put the fire out and discovers Petula inside, unconscious. Jemma risks her life to save Petula, but is too late. A simple break-in has escalated to murder.
Detective Tucker finds suspects aplenty when files on the residents and those associated with the POA are found in Petula's locked file cabinet, leading him to suspect her of blackmail. Detective tucker tries his best to keep Jemma's interest at bay, but when Petula's husband is found dead and Tucker's life is jeopardized, Jemma won't be stopped until she finds the murderer.
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