With swollen feet and swelling belly, pregnant Ellie bravely joins the nation's tourists in seeing the sights in Washington, D.C. But a fatal incident at the Metro station convinces Ellie that something is rotten in the capital city. Should she do the safe thing and pack her bags? Not likely when too many people are telling lies, hiding secrets, and acting suspiciously. Luckily, Ellie Avery is just the right woman to clean up the most mysterious cases of murder-even if she has to brave the most dangerous byways in the corridors of power . . .