Book 3, A Julie Collins Mystery
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It’s horrifying to watch someone die.
My partner and I witnessed a fatality during a routine surveillance case—a case that took a bizarre turn when we questioned the victim’s wife about the mysterious hole that had caused the accident. The widow admitted that hunters had discovered human remains and rather than alerting the authorities, she and her late husband just…reburied the bones. The out-of-sight –out-of-mind approach is never a smart option, particularly when it’s oh…illegal, and especially now that the bones in the hole have vanished.
Who was buried there? And how long ago?
Local, state and tribal authorities want answers. My overworked former boss at the Bear Butte County Sheriff’s office hires our PI agency to separate facts from speculation. I bury myself in the investigation because it leaves me little time to obsess about the screwed-up situation in my personal life—why Martinez asked me to go undercover in his strip club as a bartender…and why in the hell I agreed.
I never imagined this new case would cause total chaos in my world, creating new enemies, opening old wounds with my father, reviving disputes with my half-brother’s Lakota family, and generating dangerous employee rivalries.
But the information I uncover leads me back to my brother’s unsolved murder…and I finally come face to face with his killer.
I love this series!
I had forgotten how much I loved this book! The missing child case Julie Collins, now a full-time P.I., takes on as a favor to to local MC president, Tony Martinez, is much more complicated than she could ever imagine when she agrees to take the job. The twists and turns cover lots of ground--a Lakota Holy group, Deadwood casino owners, local ranchers, and the Hombres MC. Even though the plot thread is woven through all these groups, it all flows really well and makes perfect sense in the end. I love Julie's tenacity--even when it leads to personal danger, there's just no quit in her. Her search for Chloe Black Dog takes her down some interesting and dangerous paths. Julie's personal relationships with her best friend and business partner, Kevin, her budding relationship with Martinez, her antagonistic relationship with her father add a deeper dimension that makes this series so engrossing. This is one of my favorite series for good reason. It's well-written, tightly plotted, with an interesting cast of characters, a sense of danger and a dash of humor. All these characters are complex, with flaws, complicated back stories and lots of baggage. I don't always like their choices, but that's a huge part of the appeal.