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Divorced ex-policeman Jackson Brodie works a a private eye on largely mundane cases until, by chance, he meets sisters Amelia and Julia Land. They ask him to look into the disappearance of their little sister Olivia 30 years earlier now that her favourite toy has surfaced in the belongings of their late father. At the same time agitated lawyer Theo Wynne, impatient at police lack of progress, has him investigate the recent murder of his teen-aged daughter Laura at his office. With reluctant help from ex-colleague Louise Jackson learns that Laura's teacher Jessup made a pass at her but he had an alibi. Her boyfriend Josh, however, recalls that she had another, jealous admirer though Theo refuses to believe it of his little girl. Jackson is then picked up in a bar by Shirley, who asks his help in finding her missing niece Tanya. All these circumstances remind him of the murder of his sister years ago when he was a young boy.
After a chance encounter, sisters Julia and Amelia Land hire private detective Jackson Brodie to look into the case of their younger sister, Olivia, who vanished 30 years ago. In going through their late father's effects, they find Olivia's stuffed toy, Blue Mouse, which they had not seen since their sister vanished from a tent their parents had pitched in the garden on a hot summer night. Meanwhile, Brodie takes on the case of Laura Wyre who was killed in her father Theo's law offices. He's not satisfied with the pace of the police investigation and wants Brodie, an ex-policeman, to investigate on his own. Theo is convinced that the killer was after him and that his daughter was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lastly, Brodie is hired by a nurse, Shirley Manning, who is trying to locate her niece Tanya who she put into care after the child's mother killed her husband.
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