Adelaide Fountaine, general manager of the Darkwater Inn, has just returned to New Orleans from a six-month sabbatical in Europe. She’s rested and ready to take on the inn’s busiest season: Mardi Gras. But Adelaide hardly has time to unpack before a jewel heist interrupts a visit from foreign royalty. A priceless tiara goes missing from the hotel’s safe, and three people are left dead.
Detective Beau Savoie discovers the robbery was an inside job, making everybody at the Darkwater Inn a suspect–including Dimitri, the son of the inn’s owner and Beau’s competition for Adelaide’s heart.