When Mabel Wickles decides to retire from being Parson's Cove's only amateur sleuth, she never dreams that she might be back to work on a cold case. There is no body; there are no clues, just a mother who left her husband and deserted her children many years ago. All Mabel has to go on is a young doctor newly arrived in town who seems to have too much money for a physician starting out, the missing woman's daughter who's recently secured a plush job at the local hospital, and her father, the local moonshiner. Most of the women in Parson's Cove are more intrigued with whether the handsome doctor, Robert Campbell, is still involved with the missing woman's daughter, Carly Patterson, his old teenage flame. It seems to be the classic case of the good girl and the good boy - gone bad. Besides being frustrated with the lack of clues about the missing Patterson mother, Mabel is also worried that her homemade wine supply is running out. She reasons, if Pa Patterson can make moonshine, couldn't he make her some wine? She decides to take a trip to the Patterson farm, and maybe while she's there, she might just find out what happened to Mrs. Patterson those many years ago. However, she soon finds herself at the business end of a shotgun, and realizes that Carly Patterson's dad is as dangerous as everyone claims. Is this COLD CASE CONUNDRUM really worth her life?