Steed Wilson Mysteries
Detective stories by P Morreale set in the South West.
When five horses belonging to a dwarf country-and-western singer die in a fire of suspicious origins, the aggrieved Arizona HorseLife Insurance Company turns to investigator Steed Wilson to prove fraud.
Steed may be the best that the insurance company can find, but he is having a bad time of it because his wife went missing three years ago, and what kind of investigator is he if he cannot find his own wife?
And now he rapidly finds that this new assignment lies somewhere between thankless and impossible—dangerous territory for even the most intrepid man.
There is trouble at the Bannister place. Too many deaths, too many insurance claims, and a strange marriage. When the insurance claims get too expensive, Steed Wilson's fee for investigating seems very modest. Steed's mind is still on his wife, who disappeared, but he is too good an investigator not to sort out the puzzle presented to him.
He rights the wrongs he can, and he puts the Bannister place back on the right track.
Steed Wilson is on the trail of some stolen horses when he catches sight of his wife, who has been missing for more than three years. This is his chance to solve the most personal mystery as he works on another insurance case. But the truth is bad, and the more he learns, the worse it is.
Again, Steed finds that there are limits to the wrongs he right, the broken lives he can put back together, and the happiness he can help people find.
And he is as big a loser as the next guy this time.