THE STRANGE DEATH OF DR. POVITCH
Did Father Jim Gallagher murder Dr. Sergei Povitch? The police think so. Povitch dies at his observatory from poison at Gallagher's dinner table. Now Gallagher is on the run. Matthias Jones tries to exonerate the priest, but he also suspects his star player, who confided drug use to Dr. Povitch. A Povitch colleague has stolen vital notes from the doctor's notebook for a book deal. And was Povitch's companion, Elsie McIntyre, after his money? Blocking Jones's investigation is a bumbling security cop, Bucky Driscoll. Driscoll clumsily destroys vital evidence and his constant stupidity annoys Jones' temperamental close friend - a sly underworld figure named Cocoa Stefani. Then, a second murder - one of Jones's cheerleaders. While at the funeral in her hometown, Jones finds the evidence he needs to confront the murderer.
FUNERAL MARCH FOR THE MAESTRO
In Funeral March for the Maestro, the conductor of the Prince William Symphony is murdered with a single bullet, yet two shots were fired - a minute apart. Beloved coach Lark Larsen has tested positive for firing a gun. With the help of the wacky locals in Hamilton, New Hampshire, Matthias Jones zeroes in on the real murderer - someone who knew the maestro very well.
A collision of Lark Larsen’s new boat with “the Maintenance Free” in Hamilton Bay leads to the murder of local handyman Webster Howard. Lark hires an intelligence operative, Detective Clyde Hooper whose antics annoy and frustrate Matthias Jones’s investigation of the murder. Cocoa Stefani falls in love with a beautiful but innocent brunette, Janet Boudreaux, but J.B. soon becomes a Jones suspect. Trooper Banastre O’Connell appears to have been romantically involved with the overspending Mabel Howard, Webster’s wife. In the middle of the investigation is Reverend John Paul Bricker and” his church.” From a bar on Cape Cod Jones and Cocoa track the killer, while shadowed by Clyde Hooper and his helper, the ever-bumbling Bucky Driscoll.