Kit and Henry become entangled in L.A.'s postwar occult trade when they're hired to track down a doctor's estranged wife and her mesmerizing "spirit" lover. While Kit poses as an eager mysticism recruit, Henry digs deep into the connections of the city's lucrative séance circuit. Plunged into the strange and cutthroat world of conniving mediums and predatory gurus, Kit and Henry soon discover that for some unlucky souls, the journey to the Spirit World is strictly one-way.
In 1946, as Los Angeles shifts from war to peace, struggling P.I. Kit Comfort and her partner, notorious ex-cop Henry Richman, can’t afford to say no, even when the job involves a lovelorn secretary and her wayward Army vet lover. Their routine missing persons case soon takes a deadly turn, however, when the trail leads to a cabal of fifth columnists and government agents with a secret agenda. As ethical lines blur, the detectives find themselves in a desperate race for survival and redemption.
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A. D. PRICE
A native of Washington, D. C., A. D. Price is an Emmy-winning screenwriter and author. Her publications (as Amy Dunkleberger) include educational books and feature articles on historical and arts-related subjects. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.
the back story
After the Blue, Blue Rain is my first mystery and my first novel. If there's truth to the old saw about writing being a journey not a destination, then I've been a happy wanderer for decades. My path to mystery writing has taken more turns than a Dashiell Hammett plot, but like a good Hammett plot, it all makes sense in the end. Over the years, I've worked as both a freelance and staff writer (under my real name, Amy Dunkleberger) penning everything from biographical and historical pieces to publicity material and study guides. I've written for such diverse companies as Grunge.com, Netflix, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and educational publisher Enslow Press. I'm also the author of the Emmy-winning screenplay Other Mothers.
It was during my stint as a staff writer for the encyclopedic American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films that I uncovered the people and places that would become the characters and milieu of my first novel. For ten years, I immersed myself in the crazy, sad and triumphant decades of the 1930s and 1940s. The movies that reflected those times — the joyful screwballs, heartfelt war dramas, alluring noir tales — I fell in love with them all. And many moons later, I tapped my experience with those decades to create my own stories. I hope you enjoy the Comfort & Company Mystery series.
A. D. Price
THE MANY HAUNTS OF COMFORT & COMPANY
From the orange groves of Anaheim to the manses of Beverly Hills to the clifftops of the Santa Ynez forest, the intrepid detectives of Comfort & Company pursue the clues wherever they lead. Below are just a few, captured in vintage postcards and old and new photographs.
In the heart of downtown, L.A.'s Central Library and Cole's restaurant and bar are frequent haunts of Kit and Henry.
Los Angeles Central Library
Henry's favorite research destination
Kit's favorite watering hole
Although the sign's "originator" claim has long been disputed by French dip rival Philippe's, there's no dispute that Cole's is the oldest continuous restaurant in L.A., having operated in the same central downtown location since 1908. Long popular with commuters and downtown workers, Cole's also counted gangsters like Mickey Cohen among its patrons.
Birmingham Hospital, Van Nuys, California
Stanley was a patient, and Luca practiced psychiatry here.
Constructed by U.S. military to treat returning World War II vets, Birmingham specialized in neurological injuries and combat-related psychological disorders. In 1946, the 131-acre hospital was taken over by the Veterans Administration, but was closed permanently in 1950.
The Birthday of Eternity, The Reverend's Castle
Built in 1916 by George Owen Knapp, founder of Union Carbide, Knapp's Castle is located in the California's Los Padres National Forest, near Santa Barbara. The property included a 3-story hunting lodge, an observation tower, various guest and servant houses, a pool and a cider mill. The Knapps lived there until 1940, when it was purchased by Frances Holden. In a massive stroke of bad luck, the mansion was destroyed by a forest fire five weeks after Holden and opera singer Lotte Lehmann moved in. As the recent photo on the right shows, 80-plus years later, the sandstone ruins remain, waiting for restoration.
The Rhythm Room and Brown Derby, Hollywood
Kit probes suspects over cocktails The Birthday of Eternity
COMING December 7, 2023:
BOOK 2 in the comfort & Company mystery series
the birthday of eternity
How far will you go to find your Soul Mate? How far will they go to find you?