Merla Zellerbach. The Missing Mother: A Hallie Marsh Mystery (2010) 234 pp.
Hallie Marsh’s new flatmate, physical therapist Sara Bowman, asks Hallie for help in finding missing journalist Jenna Snow. Sara has been looking after wealthy Dale Redington, who’s recovering from burns suffered when he tried to rescue an elderly man from a house fire and whose former nanny was taking care of Jenna’s baby. Dale is under the care of Dr. Mitchell Cummings, who covets funding for a new clinic from Dale’s family foundation. As Mitch begins an affair with Daisy, Dale’s diva wife, Sara and Dale grow closer. Hallie, aided by her fiance, journalist Dan Casserly, unearths two murders in her search for Jenna.
Setting: San Francisco