Passage Through History
Murder in Jigtime begins with the death of Shigeru Kinama, a renowned San Francisco dealer of Oriental antiquities and a master gamesman. He leaves behind a series of puzzles, each a clue to the mystery surrounding his daughter Jacqueline, and also to his own murder.
Jacqueline hires Carter Kane, private investigator and owner of Kane Research and Investigations, to help her solve the puzzles and find her father's murderer. The trail of clues leads Carter from California to Hawaii and reveals a mysterious artist, a twenty-year old murder, a threat by the underworld yakuza, an art scam, and a scramble to assemble a priceless collection of gold Japanese figurines missing since World War II.
Carter Kane is also a gamesplayer, a puzzle creator as well as solver, and delights in unraveling the various threads connecting the seemingly unrelated parts of the total puzzle. She is still coming to terms with the loss of her husband and is able to help Jacqueline deal with the death of her father. Aided by her secretary, Savannah Scott, and friend and retired San Francisco police chief, Sam Post, she successfully solves each puzzle and uncovers the murderer and the answers to all of Shigeru Kinama's games.