- Fritzi Newton
The last thing editorial assistant Billy Webb expected to stumble upon in his new job was an unsolved murder. But when fellow employee Mona Minot approaches him about references to something deadly in the company’s research files, Billy is immediately intrigued. And thus the two begin their amateur sleuthing in Emily Arsenault’s novel The Broken Teaglass.
Billy has recently been hired by Samuelson Corporation, the publisher of a highly-regarded dictionary. His job is to keep the content of the dictionary current by updating definitions or adding new words. Based on their usage in print, the status of a word is tracked by filed citations. It’s while looking through these archives that Mona uncovers first a single and then multiple citations all written by one Delores Beekmin (probably fictitious), all attributed to the same source--The Broken Teaglass (probably non-existent), and all forming some sort of story alluding to a fatal ending.
The two feverishly search for additional citations. As the story takes form, Mona and Billy begin to suspect that one of their coworkers could be a murderer. Mona also senses that Billy has a secret of his own—and it’s one that he’s not sharing.