Rayanne, Noor and Sandy are the three right-brained detectives of the William D. Skees mystery series.
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Rayanne is a portrait artist, a drawing teacher and an accidental detective, whose studio is in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D. C.
Rayanne and her sidekick, Noor, a born again, tough love lesbian, are confronted with a series of murders in the Old Town artists' community that the police want to write off as suicides. Rayanne's only weapons against the murderer are her intuitions, her very skeptical best friend, and Noor's lover, Sandy, a killer ex-Marine.
"As if a monster out of her nightmares was coming at Elba, she twisted away from Rayanne and threw herself at the window, hands out in front of her. There was a crash. The windowsill caught her knees and her upper body toppled forward—out the window. Rayanne's memory flashed on falling glas and buttocks, the soles of bare feet and toes. Forever at that moment, and forever."