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Who She Was

When P.I. Sylvia Wilcox takes on the cold case murder of Liza Stark, a suburban housewife, she finds out that the cops think they know exactly what happened. But a case review leads Sylvia to believe that the motive behind Liza's murder is not so simple. As she weeds through the secrets and lies Liza left behind, As she hunts for the killer, Sylvia must navigate the dark depths of the inner city and the corruption riddled upper echelons of Michigan's elite families. 


A corpse, a missing woman, and a mysterious religious group…

When Delaney Whitby doesn't return from a routine errand, private investigator Sylvia Wilcox is hired to find her. Initially, it looks like Delaney left on her own, but by the time the case reaches Sylvia's desk, the situation appears more sinister.

Clues lead Sylvia out to Utah, a place she is entirely unfamiliar with. Once there, she must rely on the hearsay of Delaney's acquaintances. Still, the trail seems to be leading to a situation that indicates Delaney may be in Utah against her wishes. Did Delaney travel to Utah on her own accord? Is she being blackmailed? Or something worse?


Sylvia Wilcox was just starting to move on from her traumatic past when a cryptic note arrives in her office. Initially, she ignores the accusations, but soon realizes the message contains a dangerous riddle that must be solved. As her painful past claws its way into the present, Sylvia can't ignore the opportunity to find out what happened to her late husband.

In a race against time, Sylvia rushes from one location to the next, gathering clues and fighting to stay one step ahead of the cruel puppet master who is pulling the strings in this deadly game.

Road To Nowhere

There are places where the rules are arbitrary—desolate, empty spaces where the lawless lurk. No witnesses. No suspects. No prying eyes.

Driven by naive wanderlust, Anson Green embarks on a road trip without a plan or a destination. When he stops returning phone calls, an old friend calls Sylvia Wilcox and asks her to find Anson. Immediately, Sylvia realizes that Anson did have a plan and destination, but the reasons are shrouded in mystery. 


A haunting dream jolts Sylvia Wilcox's memory of a disturbing event from her childhood. She painstakingly unravels the tangled pieces, searching for a way to reclaim her innocence. But the more she delves into the past, the more she uncovers layers of deceit and betrayal. After years of burying the truth, the shocking and unexpected answers start to materialize, bringing clarity at last.


Sylvia Wilcox is in desperate need of a break from reality, but when Madalyn Price, a colleague and friend, invites her on a work-free vacation, Sylvia is skeptical. Can two workaholics truly set business aside for a leisurely trip? Eventually, Sylvia agrees to the vacation and invites Brady Kepler. She closes up her private investigation agency for the holidays and heads to New Orleans.

Initially, the vacation is relaxing and fun. Sylvia and her friends visit popular tourist haunts and indulge in the local cuisine. The trip feels like what Sylvia needs, but when her New Year's Eve celebration is interrupted by a frantic call from a local jail, the vacation takes a deadly turn.


Years have passed since Sylvia Wilcox mentioned a missing person case to Sergeant Chris Ruiz, but when he's placed in charge of a newly formed cold case task force, the story echoes in his head. The case file is thin, with little evidence or notes to guide the investigation, but a dangerous trek into Wyoming's rugged mountains reveals shocking evidence of a violent demise.

The past is never truly dead, but Sylvia Wilcox is working to move forward in life. She's taken a leave of absence from her private investigation agency—leaving her return date up in the air. She is working to construct a new life when a late-night phone call interrupts her hiatus.



Having endured a childhood trauma, Sylvia felt compelled to attend the police academy. Nevertheless, upon graduating and becoming a cop, she begins to question her decision. Plagued with feelings of inadequacy and doubt about her career choice, Sylvia takes on cases outside of her assigned duties as a police officer. As she attempted to resolve issues from her past, she found herself embroiled in suspicious activity involving her first love.

This tale traces back to the early days of Sylvia's law enforcement career at the Detroit Police Department. Discover what formed her eventual profession as a private detective and why she was required to leave DPD.


Sylvia Wilcox can't ignore her desire for justice, even when she's mourning the loss of her husband, Derek. As the reality of her new normal sets in, Sylvia is determined to find out what happened to her husband. While digging into the mysteries surrounding her husband's death, Sylvia finds herself involved in a multiple murder case that threatens to reveal a college town's dark secrets.

Main Tropes

murder mystery, missing persons, serial killer, private detective, female sleuth, dark secret


Sylvia Wilcox leaves the police force and becomes a private investigator. She takes the cases no one else wants.

Intro In Chapter One

Who She Was ( Prologue)

Detroit, Michigan: “Poor Brightmoor” - July 2011

The scorching sun beat down upon a neighborhood filled with dilapidated homes and empty lots where houses had been destroyed by fire, hidden within the depths of the west side of Detroit. Ali Mansu, the owner of the liquor store that also served as the primary market for the area, had just finished gathering all the trash within his establishment. With no functioning air conditioning, the scent of garbage from various bins had seeped into the aisle ways. In a rush, he stepped outside with bags of trash in tow, but something abruptly caused him to stop and drop them.

A stench rose from the rusty dumpster behind the liquor store. The smell was evidence enough for Ali Mansu to know that there was a dead body nearby. The store owner mumbled prayers to Allah as he felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. The hot, putrid smell of rotting flesh filled his nostrils, causing him to drop the bag of garbage and peer into the dumpster. A fearful glance revealed only bags of trash, but behind the dumpster, in a thicket of overgrown weeds, a pale, leathery hand lay outstretched, reaching towards the sky.

The fingers, stiff with rigor mortis, were curved into a claw. Between overgrowth and debris, a pool of blood, blackened by the passage of hours, had formed beneath the perforated skull. Strands of wayward blonde hair drenched in blood were stuck to the cement. Even in the body’s diminished condition, it was clear this woman did not belong to Detroit. The degraded hand showed signs of a recent manicure, and the large diamond dangling from her finger told a story that went beyond robbery. The shooter used five bullets. The first one would have done the job, but whoever had murdered this woman had been angry. Money hadn’t been the motive. Ali’s heart raced as he scampered towards the back door.

As Ali sprinted back into the dimly lit store, he grabbed his phone and dialed 911 with a trembling hand. His voice shook as he described what he’d found and demanded that the police come immediately. The operator stayed on the line, providing reassurance and promising that help would be there soon. Ali could hardly breathe as he waited for the police to arrive, his mind racing with thoughts of the life he was so suddenly thrust into, a life now marred by violence and death.

Sweat trickled down his face as he paced the shop, trying to process the gruesome scene he had witnessed. Despite the anxiety coursing through his veins, Ali couldn’t help but wonder if he could’ve done anything to save the mysterious woman, or if it was simply better to leave such things to the professionals.

Finally, the sound of sirens pierced through the air, announcing law enforcement’s arrival.

The overworked and underpaid detectives examined the scene and talked to Ali, but he had very little information to share. The store had only been open a couple of weeks, and he knew little about the neighborhood yet. The detectives took the store-owner’s statement, headed back to the alley, and waited for the medical examiner to show up.

Road to Nowhere (Prologue)

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon in a rural enclave of Wyoming. Abby Carter called Sarah Newman just after noon, eager to show off her new driver's license.  Just minutes outside of Evanston, the windswept low desert was quiet and isolated. The unincorporated area where Sarah lived with her parents was desolate and empty. Their ranch was one of the few occupied properties in the area. Abby lived closer to town, and since she had a car and Sarah didn’t, the invitation was easy to accept. 

Eager to enjoy the rest of the hot, dry Sunday afternoon, Sarah had headed outside and rushed down the long driveway to open the gate before heading back to the house. She’d impatiently paced on the hard, inhospitable land that made up their front yard. 

The beige, twenty-year-old Honda Accord eased into Sarah's driveway ten minutes before one o'clock. First, the girls headed to a local fast-food joint—Ridley's, where they ordered burgers, fries, and shakes. Sarah wasn’t terribly hungry, but the thrill of being sixteen, having her own money, and being out with Abby inspired her to buy more food than she wanted. The girls ate outside in front of the restaurant, laughing and talking about boys and the upcoming school year. The experience was innocent and pleasant, the way a long summer day should be for teenage girls. 

After a few bites of their burgers, Abby stared off into the distance and said, “Let's go to Piedmont.”


“Why not?”

Sarah couldn't come up with a reason not to head to the local ghost town, and Abby was the driver, so why not? Sarah packed up the rest of her food and followed her friend back to the car. On the drive over, they made small talk until the speed limit increased. Abby pressed the accelerator in spurts, causing reckless laughter to fill the car. Once they hit the interstate, Abby weaved in and out of the sparse traffic, causing Sarah to let out a nervous giggle that eventually gave way to youthful outbursts. The wind howled through the valley, roaring into the open windows of the car and drowning out the girls' laughter. 

Exiting the interstate, the girls headed down a dirt road. The mid-July sun beat down overhead without a cloud in sight, and tall wavy stalks of brown grass flowed and waved along the edge of the road. As they moved further away from the town, nature began to take over. A lonely patch of quaking aspens sat in the midst of hard-packed, abandoned ranch land. Cattle milled across the road, causing the girls to stop and honk the horn, laughing as they waited for the cows to move out of their way. The dirt road was relatively smooth, with a rare groove or grate, and as the aged Honda Accord bounced down the dirt road, the girls sang along to a country song about boots and spurs. It was a playful summer Sunday afternoon in between the girls' eleventh and twelfth-grade years. Neither had a care in the world.

After passing the last remaining ranch in the area and heading over a steep incline, the girls spotted a car just a few miles from their destination. The dirt road ran through the low desert, twisting and turning through scrub brush, and at first, the car had looked like a mirage.

Coming around the edge of the dirt road, the girls saw that the old burgundy Volvo was covered in dust and the hood up was up. The vehicle, pulled to the side of the road, looked abandoned, but the girls hadn’t spotted anyone on the road. Where was the driver? With nothing but scrub brush and bushes around, the girls would have noticed someone walking back toward the highway. Anyone would have stood out on the lonely road. Abby slowed the car down to a crawl, easing toward the parked vehicle.

“Stop!” Sarah yelled, her voice quivering. “I think I see something.”

The still fingertips of a hand stretched out on the ground caught Sarah's eye. The lack of movement sent a chill through her body.

“Turn around,” she said, her voice steady and firm. Sarah regretted answering the phone that morning and agreeing to head out with Abby. Sarah, annoyed the car was still moving forward, reached over and grabbed the steering wheel.

“I said stop! Hit the brakes and turn around!”

The girls stopped and sat in the car for a moment, hesitant to get out and head toward the parked vehicle. Once Sarah was out of the car, she saw what looked like still, unmoving fingers. At that point, she didn't want to go any further.

 “We gotta do this,” Abby said, coming around the side of the car and putting her arm around Sarah's waist. Abby gripped Sarah’s side hard, indicating that going to the scene was not a choice. Unsure what to do, Sarah locked her knees, refusing to move forward. Abby's hand, shaking and sweating, struggled to drag her frightened friend closer to the car. Sarah, nervous and breathing hard, began walking again, but when they got close enough to make out what the lump in the road was, Sarah pulled back.

“No! I don't have to do this!” she yelled. 

Realizing that Sarah would not continue, Abby let her go and continued, reaching down to pick up a stick from the road. She slowly eased the short branch into the lump situated just beyond the worn threads of the front tire of the Volvo. Soft, muffled cries were coming from Sarah’s mouth, but she couldn’t move.

The body was turned on its side, twisted at the waist, and the legs were situated in a manner that suggested the victim may have been running, trying his best to flee, when he was killed. 

“We gotta get the cops,” Sarah said, her voice full of fear.

Reaching out with the stick, Abby, who was eerily calm, poked the body. Sarah broke into sobs and took off running down the road.

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