Quietly Dead

Quietly Dead

A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #2

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They look like tragic accidents: An old woman drowned in her tub. An old man drowned in a pond. But when Florida Detective Claudia Hershey looks beyond the evidence, someone looks back—someone who will stop at nothing to silence her from seeing what was there all along.

No one is surprised when the friendless cat lady of Indian Run is found dead in the bathtub of her grubby trailer. Accidents happen. One happened to her. The police chief wants to move on.

But Detective Claudia Hershey thinks the case merits another look. Inconsistencies scream for further investigation, not to mention a mean-spirited neighbor whose undisguised pleasure in the woman’s death is too great to ignore. Reluctantly, the chief gives her the green light and she turns her full attention to the case—for a day. Because then another body surfaces, this one in a pond, this one that of a wealthy old man who shares nothing in common with the cat lady but the unfortunate manner of their deaths.

Two quiet drownings, two tragic accidents. That’s what everyone thinks. But Hershey looks harder. What she doesn’t know is that someone is looking back—someone who will stop at nothing to silence her from seeing what has been there all along….


“Hershey is appealingly and realistically drawn. Belgrave has made Hershey a complete person who can anchor a long-running series.” — Sun-Sentinel