Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Desert Hedge Murders by Patricia Stoltey (R)
There's another newcomer to the group, a woman named Patsy. No one seems to know much about her except for the Flipper who invited her, Sandra. Things get off to a rough start when the group gets to the hotel, and a dead body is found in the bathtub in Sandra and Patsy's room.
Then Sandra disappears. The group tries to stay on their routine and go to a deserted mine that has been turned into a touring site. The manager there says Sandra has beat them there. Relieved they enter the mine, only to find Sandra's body twisting over a crevice in the mine.
Now there are two dead bodies, and mystery galore. It turns out that Sandra's husband is under investigation for hedge fund fraud, operating without Sandra's knowledge in Nevada. Worse, most of the Flippers have invested savings with him.
Sylvia steps in to solve the mystery with the help of Patsy and of Willie, who has joined the group after he and Sylvia's father get alarmed when they can't contact the group by cell phone. There are law enforcement officers to dodge, along with a certain FBI agent that seems very interested in Sylvia as well as the crime. Will they solve the mystery before more tragedy occurs?
This debut novel stands up very well. It is recommended for mystery readers, especially those who enjoy the "cosy" mystery genre. It appears that this is the start of a series, and I'd be interested in reading more adventures featuring Sylvia and Willie.