A cornered woman is a dangerous animal. Some in Julie Morton’s second novel, Deadly Keyholes, pay for this lesson with their lives.
Miranda LaVelle, an abused, neglected child of the Roaring 20s Jazz Era, is rescued from poverty and probable death by her great aunt, Genevieve Woods. Genevieve’s gritty life in a wild, oil boomtown in South Arkansas is not suitable for a child, but there is no choice.
To four-year-old Miranda, her new circumstances are more wonderful than she could have ever imagined. Doting women, plenty of food, clean clothes, and bedding, what else could one want? But, even after miraculously becoming a world-renowned, concert pianist, her life and the lives of those around her are not easy. Multiple, grisly murders haunt them.
If you appreciate powerful, independent women who will do whatever is necessary to protect those they love, then come, share Miranda’s journey. Let her story reassure you of the resilience of the human spirit and restore your hope that all darkness passes, and then comes the dawn.