How would you respond if your car hit a garbage bag with a dead body inside?
Murder in Toy Town, a crime novel set in the idyllic Tampa Bay Area of West Florida. The story's focus is on a mysterious death discovered in St. Petersburg's Toy Town; long known as the city's refuse and reclamation area.
Tim Tyler, a young army veteran is driving home from work when traffic becomes snarled and is moving at a snail's pace on I-275. Taking a short-cut to shave time off his commute, Tim instead finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. After making a northbound turn on 28th Avenue near Toy Town, Tim encounters two dump trucks traveling south; one attempting to pass the other. Now with a huge truck barreling toward him at a high rate of speed, Tim is forced to swerve toward the shoulder of the road to avoid a head-on collision. In that split second, the dump truck strikes a large black bag that careens off the truck's front bumper and into Tim's automobile.
The trucks drive off without even slowing down, while Tyler is on the side of the road inspecting his damaged car. Within mere moments, a Florida Highway Patrolman appears on the scene. When the black bag is found and inspected it houses the body of a young woman.
Tim Tyler is arrested and charged with murder; his vehicle is impounded, and he is taken to the Pinellas County Jail awaiting arraignment. Enter Heather Howell – a top-notch attorney and ace detective. It will now be up to Howell and her associates to prove Tyler's innocence.
Relying on instinct and experience, Howell's determination to protect an innocent man from conviction is palpable in this fast-moving novel. Having nothing more than a young veteran's word and the body of a Jane Doe, Heather Howell takes on the largest investigative case of her career. Come along for an unforgettable journey of passion, jealousy and experience the complexities of murder.