Wednesday, November 22

Deadly Trail by Marilyn Meredith

Review by Dawn Dowdle

Deputy Tempe Crabtree arrests Nick Two John for slashing the tires of a logging truck during a protest.  On the way to the jail, he repeatedly begs for his freedom.  He believes that with her Native American heritage, she should understand she should understand what the loggers represent and not arrest him.  Then he offers to reveal a secret information if she'll release him.  While she is curious to know the information, she does not give in. 

She begins to regret that decision when Andre Donato, owner of the Bear Creek Inn, collapses and dies in the kitchen when Tempe and her minister boyfriend Hutch are there eating dinner.  It is ruled a heart attack until another worker collapses with similar symptoms.  She is saved, but it becomes evident that both people were poisoned. 

The police center their investigation on Nick Two John.  Deputy Crabtree is convinced he didn't do it, but she is soon pushed out of the investigation.  She comes up with other suspects with good motives and begins to investigate on her own. 

When she becomes the target of the killer, she knows she's close, but can she discover the identity of the killer before the killer takes care of her? 

I highly recommend this book.  It is the first I've read in this series.  It won't be the last.  Deputy Crabtree is a very likeable character.  Her son and fiancĂ© really add to the story.  The townspeople do too.  I like the setting.  It is a very fast and enjoyable cozy read.

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