On Message : A Jillian Hillcrest Mystery by Joyce Strand (2012, Paperback)
Jillian is an enthusiastic communications professional who relishes synthesizing the pieces and bits of information to produce a whole picture for her audience. After almost ten years in high tech, she was wooed by a recruiter to enter the world of biotechnology where the discovery of DNA and the identification and mapping of the human genome are leading to the development of a new round of drugs for difficult-to-treat diseases. So she joined Harmonia Therapeutics just over a year before, and was excited to announce the advancement of the company’s newest therapy.
However, her enthusiasm is overshadowed by several events–the most intrusive of which is murder. From the moment she hears of the first murder, her routine of writing press releases, speaking at conferences, and arranging interviews-all changes. She encounters a determined San Francisco police inspector who is convinced she is the key to the murders. With the help of her ex-husband–whose attentiveness to her suggests he wants to amend the “ex”–and a retired middle-aged intrusive motherly neighbor, Jillian connects disparate pieces of the puzzle to help solve the crimes.