DESERT AUTUMN by Michael
Claire Gray Series, No. 1
Thomas Dunne Books - December
ISBN: 0312280343 - Hardcover
Some Sexual Content
Reviewed by Susan
DESERT AUTUMN is the
first in Michael Craft's new Claire Gray mystery series. Claire is a respected
theatre director in New York whose mother keeps nagging her about marriage,
though Claire is in her fifties and beyond worrying about tying the knot.
She decides a change in her life is due, however, and takes the lucrative
offer from a California computer magnate to head the theatre department
at his newly built Desert Arts College in Palm Desert. Only Claire is
barely settled into her new digs when a colleague's wife is found murdered...heck,
Claire's in the kitchen of Paul Huron's house when the discovery occurs.
Feeling something of
a stake in what happened--not to mention the fact that some of her colleagues
at the college may be suspects--Claire starts to snoop, figuring that
a background in theatre and having directed plenty of murder mystery productions
makes her as game an amateur detective as anyone.
Though I had things
figured out early on, Craft tells a solid amateur sleuth tale with interesting
characters and scene descriptions of the breathtaking backdrop of the
Sonoran Desert. Looking forward to seeing what's next up Craft's sleeve
and hoping he takes us behind the scenes for one of Claire's productions
on her new stage (and off-stage with the hunky Tanner Griffin, perhaps).
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