Date: October 2002
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Quinn Farley hopes to file a
newspaper story which will insure her a regular job at the newspaper.
her godfather, Andy Brown, is found shot to death on the road leading
from his ranch, the killer leaves a note reading, "Guilty,"
and a dried rose. Brown was a model citizen, devoted husband and
civic leader, and the official investigation shows no motive for
the killing. Subsequent murders occur: all victims are seeming blameless
men, all on the first day of the month and all with the murderer
leaving the same clues.
begins to ask questions about the murder while her fiancé,
Police Lieutenant Tig Grogan, is assigned to the case by the Governor.
Searching for information, Quinn and Tig trace the early history
of the town and its founders. The resulting investigations place
Quinn's life in danger.
is an intriguing story with interesting insights into how events
of the past have a way of influencing the behavior of present-day
descendants. The action is fast paced, the plot deftly constructed
and the characters well developed. The dialogue is witty and crisp
and the relationship between Quinn and her mother is amusing to