Rim Country Mystery Series Book Three
About the Book
In book 3 of the Rim Country Mysteries, an elderly woman stumbles into the campsite as Rita, Cliff, and Rita’s long-lost mother Willow enjoy s’mores and folk music around the fire. The action heats up when Willow falls for the key suspect, Rita’s old friend and mentor. Rita discovers her mother isn’t the woman she thought she was, and Rita must overcome a spate of life-threatening obstacles before anyone else dies.
Read an Excerpt
“It’s illegal to leave the fire unattended,” I said. “And Cliff needs to get Lucy to the hospital.” I didn’t expect Willow’s cringe when I yanked my gun from under my tunic and pulled the slide to force a round into the chamber. “You can go with Cliff if you want, but I’d rather not be here alone. I’m not afraid to use this gun if I need to. Which I don’t expect to.”
“Willow, this could have been an accident.” Cliff jumped into the driver’s side of the Jeep and leaned his arm on the steering wheel. “Lucy’s student never walked through our camp. I’ve seen no cars drive by. The student parked somewhere else.”
Cliff glanced at the trailhead. “He might also be injured. To be extra cautious, Rita can get the rifle from the tent. You two sit back-to-back so you have a three-sixty degree view of your surroundings.”
Willow spun around. “But … wild animals . . . there was a gunshot.”
Cliff closed his door and opened the window. “I’ve seen Rita fight and shoot, and I can assure you that you’re safe with her. I’ll have to file a report, but I shouldn’t be more than an hour or two. I’ll let the county sheriff know he needs to activate the search and rescue team to find the student. Then I’ll be back.”
Cliff shifted into gear. “Willow, why don’t you use this time to tell Rita where you’ve been for the last twenty-five years?”
A smoothly written mystery, Deadly Choices, entertains as a stand-alone book despite being the third installment in an ongoing series. I enjoyed this book so much, I do want to go back and read the first two in the series to get a sense of how the characters got to this point.
I did find the heroine Rita’s ability to acclimate to the craziness around her a bit unbelievable at times, although Cliff (the husband/hero) seems to be a stabilizing influence.
The situation with Rita’s mother was handled well. All in all, a good read that will keep you guessing and your heart pounding.
About the Author
A native of the southwest U.S., Karen Randau pens the Rim Country Mystery series set in the quaint fictional mountain town of Rim Vista, Arizona, below the Rim of the Colorado Plateau.
The series features fast-paced stories with intricate plots, lots of action, and a pinch of romance, told from the point of view of protagonist Rita Avery.
Karen has traveled internationally and witnessed famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome abject poverty. She draws on both her creativity and personal experience to weave together an interesting cast of characters with rollercoaster-like twists and turns.
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