Suburbia is murder.
Is the discovery of a coded journal the long lost key to Oakwood’s most famous cold case?
The tragic tale of beautiful Oakwood teenager Regan Fletcher has been a favorite local legend for decades. Regan’s boyfriend Carter Magellan spent twenty years in prison for her murder, but he walked free when another man confessed. When that man recanted, suspicion settled once again on Carter, now living a hermit’s life deep in the woods of West Oakwood. Forty years after her death, the question remains: Who really killed Regan Fletcher?
When Charley stumbles on a hidden journal, her sleuthing instincts kick into overdrive. The entries are all written in a mysterious code--and its location suggests it might have belonged to Regan. Charley enlists a teenage cipher expert, hoping the journal contains clues that might finally solve the case. What she finds is evidence of a blackmail scheme involving dozens of Oakwood students and staff, each and every dirty little secret a potential motive for murder.
Events spiral out of control as first a nosy reporter is killed, then her code expert is kidnapped. By probing into secrets that have lain dormant for decades, Charley fears she has awakened a very modern murderer, someone determined to keep the past dead and buried.
With the help of former Oakwood Detective Marcus Trenault, Charley and her friends in the newly formed Oakwood Mystery Book Club draw inspiration from a classic mystery novel as they race to crack the code before the killer claims another victim.