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 Author: Merry Jones  Category: Suspense, Zoe Hayes Mysteries  Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books  Published: 2005  Pages: 336  Country: US  Language: English  Buy Now

The first in the Zoe Hayes mystery series, The Nanny Murders is a mesmerizing page-turner about missing nannies who have disappeared, one by one, from a close-knit Philadelphia community.

Zoe Hayes, who works as an art therapist in an institute for seriously deranged patients, is the single mother of an adopted and adorable little girl named Molly. Zoe gets involved in the missing nannies case when Molly, playing in the snow, makes a grisly discovery—She finds a piece of litter that turns out to be a human finger.

One of Zoe’s neighbors (but which one?) seems to be a serial killer. Zoe and a mysteriously scarred detective named Nick Stiles team up to catch the killer when suddenly Zoe becomes the prey….


“A brooding nightmare with twists and turns to the very last page.”
FAYE KELLERMAN, author of Street Dreams

“The NANNY MURDERS is a fine debut, fast-paced and full of heart. Merry Jones maintains a grip on the reader from the first page and doesn’t let up.”
ROBERT FERRIGNO, author of The Wake Up

“Wow. What a zinger of a mystery! Zoe Hayes, like the inner-city block she lives on, is in perpetual, chaotic transition: a forty-one-year-old single mom intent on raising an adopted daughter, connecgting with friends, and making a life that does not include nannynapping and murder. Zoe is smart, tough, and tender; the mystery is taut, the settings vivid, the characters authentic. This may be Merry Jones’s first novel, but she is already an accomplished writer.”
SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT, best-selling author of the China Bayles mystery series

“Merry Jones has created her own new brand of riveting suspense in this page-turning series debut.”
KAREN HARPER, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of DARK ANGEL and the Elizabeth I mysteries