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  • Series: The Lena Jones Mysteries
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455167290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455167296
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Webb's fast-paced fourth Lena Jones mystery (after 2004's Desert Shadows), the scrappy workaholic PI is supervising security for filmmaker Warren Quinn, who's shooting a documentary about the escape of German POWs from a prison camp in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1944. When someone murders the leader of the escapees, arrogant, disagreeable Erik Ernst, now 91 and retired in Scottsdale, suspicion falls on the former U-boat commander's Ethiopian immigrant care-giver, Rada Tesema. Believing Tesema to be innocent, Lena agrees to investigate. Meanwhile, Lena's personal life is in disarray. Raised in foster homes and wary of close relationships, she's drawn to Quinn but is suspicious of his motives. Her partner in Desert Investigations, Jimmy Sisiwan, is getting married and taking a job with Lena's biggest customer, while Lena's mentor in the Scottsdale police department is returning to Brooklyn. Webb combines evocative descriptions of place with fine historical research in a plot packed with twists. (Mar.)
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Webb bases her latest Lena Jones adventure on a real episode in Arizona history: the great escape of 25 Germans from Camp Papago, a POW camp located between Phoenix and Scottsdale. Famous director Warren Quinn is making a documentary about the escape, and Lena's firm, Desert Investigations, is hired to handle security for the project. One of the escaped POWs, Erik Ernst, still lives in Scottsdale and is starring in the movie. When he is found murdered, Rada Tesema, his Ethiopian caregiver, is immediately suspected. Rada pleads for Lena to help prove him innocent, and she soon learns that Ernst had a huge number of enemies, many of whom would have gladly seen him dead. Readers may wonder why the brainy and beautiful Lena would begin dating whiny and pedantic Warren, but that's the only slightly off note in an otherwise fascinating adventure. As in the preceding episodes in the series, Webb effectively evokes the beauty of the Arizona desert. Jenny McLarin
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
DESERT RUN is Betty Webb's fourth Lena Jones mystery, and it's running neck-and-neck with her second, DESERT WIVES, as my favorite book of the series. In this installment, P.I. Lena is overseeing security for a crew filming a documentary about the World War II German POW escape from Camp Papago, Arizona. When Kapitan Erik Ernst, one of the former escapees, who has moved to Arizona and was the star of the movie, is killed, Lena plunges into an investigation to clear the Kapitan's Ethiopian caregiver of the charges. She soon realizes that Ernst's murder is tied not only to his 1944 escape, but also to the 1944 murder of a family on a nearby farm.

DESERT RUN is well-written, well-researched, and tightly plotted, and, as in the previous Lena Jones mysteries, includes a bit of social consciousness (in this case, prejudice against immigrants and development encroaching on the natural beauty of the landscape) without becoming preachy. In all her books, Webb paints a vivid setting; I love being able to revisit the Arizona desert and its cities through the Lena Jones books. DESERT RUN also does one of my favorite things in mysteries: weaves real-life history into the modern-day fiction, then adds an Author's Note at the back of the book to give readers more information about the 1944 German escape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janlynn on March 3, 2010
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This is the best in the Lena Jones series in my opinion, although I have a few more to read in the series. I like the way Betty Webb combines history with a puzzling mystery. I didn't guess who the murderer was, but once it was revealed it made sense. Lena Jones is a great detective who doesn't fit the pattern most women detectives fall into. Refreshing. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winston-Salem on February 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love Betty Webb's novels! The Lena Jones mysteries are great, and if you love these you should definitely check out the Zoo Mysteries. Betty Webb is a wonderful mystery writer and the Desert series has a very interesting storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Halbig on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Although I lived in the Valley of the Sun for many years I did not know about this part of WW II history. Betty Webb successfully melds a 65 year old story with a modern mystery. I enjoy her writing style and the fierce independence of her heroine. The outcome was a bit convoluted, but it was plausible.

I downgraded this book one star because I thought the love story rang false. I did not feel the chemistry between the characters and thought the whole thing progressed much too rapidly. Lena is just beginning to trust relationships and baby steps seem more appropriate.

This was not my favorite Lena Webb mystery (that honor goes to Desert Wives), but it was a good addition to the series and I am looking forward to reading her next entry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was so relieved as I delved into "Desert Run", the 4th book in the Lena Jones series. #3 in the series had been disappointing to me and I'm glad that Webb was writing more in the style of books 1 and 2.

Betsy Webb writes about current hot topics or ones from the past. This one explored an escape from a German POW camp on U.S. soil and murders that occurred around the same time period. I was interested to read about this camp (which was based on an actual place and escape in Arizona) because there was a German POW camp very near where I live during that same time period.

The story flowed well; the characters were nicely developed. One complaint I do have is the way Webb is handling Lena's love life. There are a few events that occurred in this book and the past two that were pretty unbelievable, in my opinion. But overall, I enjoyed the growth that Lena is showing, learning to trust other people - hard to do for a victim of abuse.

I'm looking forward to the next adventure in the Southwest. Oh, and another thing I really enjoy are the music references - I've discovered a couple of new (to me) artists that I am thoroughly enjoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lin Powell on August 11, 2010
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Betty Webb is a master writer in the mystery genre, having written some 14 books. This novel, published by Poisoned Pen Press, is, as is Webb's habit, centered in Arizona and includes Nazis, escapes, murders, movie making, love interests, and clever detective work by the enigmatic Lena Jones, Webb's heroine. The logic of the various threads all hang together and beautifully merge by the end. A thoughtful and touching epilog brings the adventure to a close. Although completely fiction, the initial incident of the escape from the prison camp, is a true story. This is a work of genius and a great read. Highly recommended for readers into mystery, history, Arizona, or just plain great writing.
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By Lucy on June 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book, but at one point thought that there were too many plot lines for one story: the dishonorably discharged, the new boyfriend, Jimmy's issue, the family murder, the german POWs, the used car salesman. I was wondering if they would get wrapped up at the end, and they did in a way. I like how the author includes links to the real events that inspired the story.
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Format: Paperback
Lena is providing security for a documentary being shot about an escape from a WWII POW camp near Scottsdale when a thoroughly unpleasant character meets an overdue end. As her investigation turns up one red herring after another, the attraction between Lena and the handsome documentary director provides a somewhat-welcome distraction.

Webb is very good at red herrings, but interrupting the storyline for excerpts from the journal of one of the escaped POWs is awkward and confusing. The book would have been better without them, and Webb is a good enough writer that she could have come up with a less distracting method of conveying information.
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