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All That Is Secret

(2021)
(The first book in the Annalee Spain Mystery series)
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From award-winning author Patricia Raybon comes a compelling new historical mystery series, a riveting puzzle confronting the hidden secrets of class, race, family, and love.

Can an amateur detective solve the cold case mystery of her lost father’s murder?

In the winter of 1923, Professor Annalee Spain—a daring but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college—receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the mystery of the murder of her beloved but estranged father.

For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young white boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome Black pastor who loves nightclub dancing and rides in his sporty car, awakening Annalee��s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romantic love.

With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when their sleuthing unravels sinister motives and deep secrets, Annalee confronts the dangerous truths and beliefs that could make her a victim too.


Genre: Inspirational

Praise for this book

"In Professor Annalee Spain, Patricia Raybon has created a real, rounded, and very human character. Not only a good mystery, but a realistic insight into the African American experience in the nineteen twenties." - Rhys Bowen

"Readers will be hooked from the first line of Patricia Raybon's captivating debut novel, All That Is Secret. This well-respected nonfiction author proves her worth with fiction as she delivers rich characters and a page-turning mystery set in the beautiful wilds of Colorado." - Julie Cantrell

"It's the rare journalist who can succeed at also crafting compelling fiction. But that's what Raybon has done here with All That Is Secret, an engaging, evocative period piece as timely as tomorrow's news. Brava, Patricia for weaving a tale as instructive as it is captivating." - Jerry B Jenkins

"A winner. Patricia Raybon's All That Is Secret is a fast-paced, intriguing mystery that grabs and holds the reader from the opening." - Manuel Ramos

"Thrilling and engrossing. Patricia Raybon's novel races across its 1920s Denver landscape with an unforgettable protagonist, Professor Annalee Spain, at the wheel. The story of Annalee's murder mystery is engrossing, the history of the western city's racial divide enlightening. This intrepid sleuth would give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money." - Sophfronia Scott


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