Golden Eagle Press
Date: February 2004
Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
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Notes: Review One
By Marilyn Meredith
resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small town in the southern Sierra,
stops a car for speeding. The driver, who identifies herself as
Sue Montelongo, raises Tempe’s suspicions. Montelongo has
recently moved into an old, abandoned house with three other people.
Tempe suspects that they are growing and distributing marijuana.
She wants to investigate, but has to wait for probable cause. She
can only keep her eye on the group and hope that local law enforcement
can find a legal reason to enter the property. One night while on
patrol, an owl swoops down in front of her patrol car. Her Native
American heritage sees the occurrence as a sign – a harbinger
of death. The warning holds true. A family trying to lay their father
to rest, finds that someone else has been buried in their gravesite
– but this death wasn’t from natural causes. While Tempe
tries to uncover the truth behind the murder, something else happens
that could destroy her family. A man has been exposing himself to
area school children, and the description matches her husband, Hutch.
As the pastor of a local church, the suspicions are particularly
damaging. Tempe is torn between the case she must investigate and
the husband she needs to exonerate.
In such a small
town, could there possibly be someone else who looks like Hutch
and drives a similar truck? Or is Tempe married to someone she doesn’t
really know? And who is the woman found in another person’s
has a winner in her Tempe Crabtree series. The mystery is solid
and the characters are well developed. The writing is crisp and
moves the story along nicely. I look forward to the next offering
in this compelling series.