Sunshine Baker is the young adult librarian in Bryce Beach. She loves books, but she has discovered that she has a knack for amateur sleuthing.
Betrayal at the Beach
In the first installment of the Dangerous Curves series, Sunshine organizes the Friends of the Library Gala with the help of the committee. The gala is especially prosperous with nearly one hundred thousand dollars. With funds for the library depleting, raising this money was important to Sunshine and her fellow librarians keeping their jobs. Unfortunately, the money goes missing during the major announcement at the same time the cherished bible of the town’s founder disappears. Sunshine and her fellow librarians, Molly and Evangeline, turn on their sleuthing caps to try to solve the mystery and save their jobs.
Mystery at the Marina
Not long after solving the theft at the library, Molly and Sunshine are walking on the beach when they come upon a group of dead fish. During the course of the next few days, larger fish, horseshoe crabs, and even a small whale wash up on the beach. Sunshine knows there is something going on that is causing the fish to die on their beach. After checking in with the chief of police, Sunshine starts her own investigation learning that the test results from the dead fish have disappeared. Sunshine finds that this mystery takes her into the port area several times interacting with the fisherman. During her trips, she notices that the Coast Guard has been around the bay at Bryce Beach more frequently than normal. Solving this fishy mystery is so important to Sunshine that she finds herself in a harrowing situation. Can Sunshine solve the case before she loses her life?
Shooting at the Shore
Sunshine has had a very successful summer with her young adult program. So successful that she has an awards ceremony to highlight the achievement of her teenage patrons. She speaks with Mrs. Willa Bryce Monroe, the town’s matriarch, and a huge supporter of her library programs including one of the prizes handed out at the ceremony. Mrs. Monroe speaks of the “riffraff” that has moved into Bryce Beach. She tells Sunshine that she will make sure that the town council understands that Bryce Beach is a family place and not a place for a “house of ill repute” (a restaurant with scantily clad waitresses). On Tuesday, Tom, the reference librarian, mentions that Mrs. Monroe wasn’t at the council meeting which concerns Sunshine. She debates going to check on Mrs. Monroe when a teenage boy attempts to steal the wish box money that is associated with the town bible. The police show up and catch the boy when they get a dead body call. Sunshine knows in her heart that it’s Mrs. Monroe which she confirms. She knows that she has stepped into another mystery and sets her sights on solving Mrs. Monroe’s murder.