Also by this author: Yuletide Slaying , Artful Murder (Shandra Higheagle Mystery #10), Homicide Hideaway (Shandra Higheagle Mystery #12)
Jealousy… Drugs… Murder…
Book eleven in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series
At the reservation to make final arrangements for her upcoming wedding, potter Shandra Higheagle gets caught up in the murder of a young woman about to turn her life around. Having no jurisdiction on the reservation, Detective Ryan Greer pulls in favors from friends in the FBI to make sure there is no delay in their wedding. However, the death occurs in a sacred place and could place the nuptials on hold. And following the clues may not only stop the wedding... But separate Shandra and Ryan for life.
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As anyone who has frequented this page, they know that I adore the books written by Paty Jager. She lives in the same state as me. Also her stories are good somewhat fast reads that take you into the Native American culture along with a small glimpse of police procedural.
This story is story 11 of 16, which means that I am about 5 books behind. It seems like my favorite authors are putting out books faster than I can read them. Well that isn’t the truth, but if I did read them right away I would likely have no time to read new to me authors and probably no money to fly to Florida and hang out with authors that are both new to me and some of my favorite people in the world.
So back to Dangerous Dance. Sandra Higheagle is back at the reservation to put the final touches on her upcoming wedding when a young woman is killed. A young woman that has a history with relatives of Sandra’s. Histories that could prove motive for her death, if it is found to be a murder. While Ryan technically does not have jurisdiction on the reservation, he knows that Sandra is not going to let this young woman’s death go.
With each page more secrets come out. The fact the death occurred on a sacred part of the reservation, there are more questions than answers. Questions that if answered could mean pain or even death to Sandra and Ryan. Will they find the killer before the killer finds them? Will the local law enforcement be able to unravel the issue before another death occurs.
I like this story because they are mysteries but they also give a glimpse of procedural since Ryan is law enforcement as well as Native American culture and history with Sandra. Oh and Sandra is a potter, and a very good one so there are small bits of clay work that I have always enjoyed reading about.
This is another good book in the Sandra Higheagle series and definitely worth the read. While I strongly suggest that you read the first 10. They are stand alone in that each book has its own mystery. You may lose some of the background that explains why Sandra does what she does, but it all comes together. All of these books have a twist that you don’t see coming. I have read hundreds of mysteries, and they still surprise me by who is the killer.