Reverberating bangs shook Melanie Perkins' nerves when she visited the old barn on her late parents’ farm. Either someone was aiming at her truck, or they didn’t know fireworks are supposed to go upward. Could things get any worse? Yes. On her next visit, she finds a dead body on the barn floor. Even tougher -- Sheriff Deputy Granger's gun is pointed at the chest of someone she holds dear.
Illegal goods are complicating things in the small Iowa town of River's Edge, Iowa, and Mel’s out of sorts with some usually supportive friends. And someone may have taken Mister Tibbs! That little dog is her favorite companion. Her busy landscaping work, upcoming Fourth of July activities, and a half-finished manuscript hinder her determined efforts to solve the crime -- before an innocent person is convicted of murder.