About 18 months ago I read a series of "crime" books concerning a young woman PI who lives on the south coast. She runs a small "junk shop" on the side and lives in two adjoining bed-sits. She is very friendly with the rather scruffy, but rich, man who runs the Arcade at the end of the pier but her love interest is a policeman who has a lot of emotional baggage and their relationship blows hot and cold.
Although at the beginning of the series the PI (who I think has red hair) travelled her seaside town by bicyle, she ends up with a VW Beetle painted red with black spots, like a ladybird.
I have enquired at my local library from where I borrowed the books but have had no success in finding out who the author is. Can anyone help me please. I beginning to think I've dreamt the whole thing up - if so, I've got some brilliant story lines!!
Thanks for trying but I'm afraid that the love interest (Det. Inspector or some such rank) was widowed as far as i can remember. One story was about a nun found hanging in a disused hotel, in another story our heroine was employed by the owner of a department store and she worked there over one Christmas - something to do with the old man's son, in another she foiled a robbery at the Amusement Arcade, hence Jack, the owner's, attachment to her.
It is so annoying having all this information but not being able to put a name or title to any of it.
Julie, you are an absolute star - that's the author and the series, I had a feeling "die or death" was in the title. Oh, what a relief. I just wonder why neither I nor the library girls could find it when we all did various Google searches.
Anyway, thank you again. We can all sleep peacefully again!!!