Also by this author: Yuletide Slaying , Artful Murder (Shandra Higheagle Mystery #10), Dangerous Dance
Can tracking skills and dreams discover a killer before it's too late?
Love… Marriage… Murder Less than twelve hours after arriving at a remote hunting lodge for their honeymoon, Shandra Higheagle and Detective Ryan Greer find a body. Shandra’s cousin had quarreled with the man earlier, and the clues point to her as being the murderer. Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke, arrives and immediately takes a dislike to Shandra’s cousin. But he is willing to work with Shandra and Ryan to discover the truth. For a remote hunting lodge, the place becomes overrun with suspicious guests. Shandra’s dreams and Hawke’s tracking skills soon discover the cause of the drunk’s death.
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Yes I have been on a Paty Jager binge, and yes I have them all on my bookcase. What? They are good books, they are based local ish, and they from an Oregon author. Let me back up as to how I even know about Paty Jager. As a judge for a book competition a couple of years ago I got one of her books. I don’t remember which one, but it was book 5 or 6 in the Sandra Higheagle series. After reading and judging it on the criteria that was set by the organizers, I didn’t think anything of it.
About a year ago I was going through my stash of crap that I have got from book events, and I came across a letter from Paty Jager that she had sent me thanking me for taking time to judge in the competition. She didn’t know I judged her book, and I don’t know how it came about that she got my address, but I was sitting there reading it and I was like “maybe I should check out the rest of her books” and about a year later, I am officially caught up with her Sandra Higheagle series, just in time for her to release another Native American based mystery series. I will get to that one after my backlog of book reading and blog posts that I need to do.
In this book Sandra and her boyfriend, now Husband Ryan decide they are going to honeymoon at this resort owned by a shirttail relative of Sandras. However when they get there things aren’t as they seem. There is a dead body first of all, and the ownership of the property seems to be in question. Because they are in the middle of no where, they call in the local cops. Well that and the fact that Ryan is on his honeymoon and shouldn’t be investigating a death. Neither should Sandra, but that hasn’t stopped them before. The person who shows up, Gabriel Hawke and “dog” are actually the main characters in Jager’s new series.
So while it is not just Ryan and Sandra solving the case, that adds in another issue at times. How much do you tell random people about being able to see and hear your dead grandmother in your dreams? Then when you add in family issues, and the whole thing could blow up in Sandra’s face, or it could go swimmingly. But the question is, will they actually have a honeymoon or will it be just another day in the life of the couple?
This is just like the others in the series. Someone dies near Sandra. She helps or at least attempts to help solve the case while Ryan tells her to stay out of it. I like these books because they have a basis in real life and are a good, quick read. Jager, the author does a really good job on her research. So all of the books have real life locations. She also researches police procedure and other elements that are included in the books. This is one of the later books in the series and so I would suggest you start with an earlier book in the series so you know what is going on. It is not necessary, and I did not start with book 1, but it will help you know the people that are included.