On the trail of Thomas Jefferson in DEADLY DESIGN, second in the Deadly
Mysteries series that began with DEADLY WILL, history-buff protagonist
Millie Kirchner and her young son, Danny, spend a summer in Virginia
visiting sites connected to the third U.S. president, including
Monticello, University of Virginia, and Williamsburg.
While she volunteers in the archaeology lab at Poplar Forest, Jefferson's little-known second home near Lynchburg, VA, Danny attends an educational camp for youngsters near the restored octagonal dwelling. A mystery to do with a similar old house
called Highgrove, possibly another Jefferson-designed building, leads Millie
into a world of murder and intrigue. To save both herself and Danny, she
must connect clues involving a centuries-old grave in Lynchburg, the famed
Lewis-and-Clark Expedition, and archaeological digs at both Highgrove and
"Hill weaves all this together with a plausible plot with a multitude of
suspects, a plucky and personable heroine, several characters who recur from DEADLY WILL--and a wealth of Virginia history. A rich and complex story, DEADLY DESIGN works on multiple levels. Mystery fans, history buffs and
people who revere Mr. Jefferson will find it irresistible."
Jay Strafford, reviewer, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH.