The Best Laid Plans
"Sex, drugs, and murder--thank heavens we don't have to worry about
that in Riverport." But Aunt Henrietta's claims prove to be
Jessie Schroeder, fleeing from St. Louis after a devastating
divorce, has returned to live in her hometown of Riverport, a small
community on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Her struggles to
adjust to small town life and re-ignite her career as a successful
author of children's books become secondary as she is thrust into the
middle of a gruesome murder case.
Her involvement intensifies when her gardener and handyman, Willy
Bachmann, is accused to the crime, and Jessie finds herself alone in
defending him. Even Sheriff Gil Keller is convinced Willy is guilty.
This is particularly galling to Jessie, because she and Gil are
two-stepping their way around a fledging relationship.
When Willy is found dead, presumably the victim of a flash flood,
the Sheriff announces "case closed." Jessie still refuses to believe
Willy is a murderer and begins her own investigation. She soon
irritates many townspeople, especially the Mayor and members of the
powerful Industrial Development Authority (IDA), with her efforts to
uncover evidence about the real killer. Starting with a single
critical piece of evidence, Jessie uncovers a maze of political
malfeasance, including a major scam involving the construction of a
highway, which places her life in jeopardy. In her quest for truth,
Jessie rediscovers her capacity to live and love again.