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Inspired by a real 1909 California court case in which a woman shoots her lover and is eventually acquitted by an all-male jury. 4.5 starred review by Romantic Times Magazine A woman straps a pistol to her ankle, walks to her lover's home, and shoots him. Her motive? After an affair of four months, he jilted her for another woman. The bare bones of this true California court case sparked the idea for the fictional story of Alma Bentley, attorney Malachi Rivers, and Emma Knight, the woman who help him investigate the case. Jaded lawyer Malachi Rivers and strong-minded newspaper editor Emma Knight must work together despite their mutual attraction. When Rivers engages newspaper editor Emma Knight to aid him in the case of Alma Bentley, he has no idea they'll eventually unmask a vile web of family deceit, wickedness, and treachery. Constantly putting herself in harm's way, the feckless Emma uncovers dark secrets that lie behind the wealthy facade of the Joseph Machado clan. Readers of historical fiction and mystery/suspense, as well as historical romance, will enjoy the elements at play in this slice of life, fictionalized story of California.