Cooper is a private consulting geologist. She may have found
the mother lode – of granite – on property owned
by Gladys Walton. Drilling is going to start in a couple of
weeks, and Cleo has not been able to speak to Gladys for quite
some time. The last visit she paid to Gladys’ farm –
she was told in no uncertain terms to leave and not come back
by Robert Earle, Gladys’ live-in adult son. This had
been a busy day for Cleo, finding an Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake
in her jeep and having her dog Tulip shot by a poacher.
The next day finds Cleo back on Gladys’ acreage continuing
to mark out her grid for the Statewide Engineering & Testing
company. Lunchtime comes and she heads towards her jeep and
sees an old well on the property. This makes it a good site
to do testing. After marking it, Cleo looks into the well.
She see an object below but has no idea what it is. The next
thing you know Cleo has tumbled into the well and she is not
Things to ponder: Who shot Tulip? Was it a warning to Cleo
to stay away? Whose body did Cleo find in the well? Will Cleo
solve the case before all of her hopes and dreams are flattened?
Where is Gladys?
Lee Mims has written a fun first mystery in the Cleo Cooper
series. I never expected that a mystery about a female geologist
could be so action-packed. This was a fast read with quirky
characters that held my attention. It was exhilarating to
be out in the open with Cleo. I felt like I was with her making
her grid and fighting bad guys. Having a dog named Tulip didn’t
hurt either. The plot will keep you guessing. So, if you want
to try a mystery that is off the beaten path, then Hiding
Gladys is the book for you. Lee – I hope the next book
will be out very soon.