Judith McMonigle Flynn has vowed to never ever find a dead body again. But she can't turn down a suspicious guest reservation from Mary Smith of New York City. There must be lots of real Mary Smiths, especially in a place as big as NYC... Unfortunately, Judith already knows the woman who shows up at Hillside Manor. It's none other than Ruby Tooms, the world-weary barmaid the cousins met at Oktoberfest.
Ruby arrives with some unexpected baggage - a cold case she dumps on Hillside Manor's Persian carpet. After divorcing her father, Jimmy Tooms, Ruby's mother was strangled. Jimmy was in the clear. Ruby wants to know: would Judith please use her sleuthing skills to try and finger a murderer from twenty years ago?