In Dead Dancing Women, Emily Kincaid has moved to northern Michigan to get a fresh start and some distance from her ex-husband. Emily is a freelance journalist who dreams of writing mystery novels. The trouble starts when she goes for a walk and finds the head of an old woman in her trash can. How did it get there? Who would do such a thing in this small town? Emily teams up with Deputy Dolly so she can write for the newspaper about the current event and help solve the mystery before someone else is murdered.
This is the first book in the Emily Kincaid series, and Emily gets a cute sidekick, a dog named "Sorrow" who is always making a mess or eating a shoe.