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C. C. Harrison excellent writing skills produced a gripping novel which combines a love story with murder---and all in an insider s view of the Navajo culture. A valuable book!

--Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author

The austere beauty of Monument Valley hides a dangerous secret. Similar in feeling to Harrison s romantic suspense mystery The Charmstone (2007) . . . This one offers a nice combination of action, romance and Navajo lore.

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432825062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432825065
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,559,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the few times a book cover has drawn me to a particular book, and when I learned that Picture of Lies is a mystery and does indeed take place in Monument Valley, I had to read it.

I love Monument Valley, and I'm happy to say that Harrison does a good job of giving readers a feel for the vast distances and incredible beauty of the area. I also liked her portrayal of the Navajo characters in the book. I had mixed reactions to Keegan and her archaeologist love interest, Dante, however.

Dante is a handsome, intelligent, caring hunk with a deep dark secret in his past. We get to see the reason why he's hiding out in one scene, but I felt that more about this could have been added throughout the story to make him an even stronger character. The relationship between Dante and Keegan also gathers speed and seriousness a bit too quickly in comparison to how they behaved toward each other in the first sections of the book.

I found Keegan to be a mixture of girl-next-door, journalistic pit bull, and incredible naivete. When she decides to drive off across the desert not knowing where she's going (and not telling anyone what her plans were), equipped with improper clothing, very little water, and a cell phone that didn't work in the area, I just shook my head and rolled my eyes. If it sounds like I've been out in the middle of nowhere, I have, and her lack of common sense greatly disappointed me.

This isn't the only time she experiences the unforgiving nature of this place, and although I may bemoan her lack of survival smarts, these scenes do give readers a real sense of what it's like out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2011
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Ever since her little girl Daisy was snatched on the San Diego beach, investigative reporter Keegan Thomas lives in a world of anger, rage and depression. The cops declared the abduction a cold case, but not to Keegan. The Offbeat Arizona magazine writer has gained numerous awards and national attention with her series on missing children; five of whom went home.

Her relationship with Jeffrey over, but still on vacation, Keegan decides to visit Monument Valley where her grandfather was a Bureau of Indian Affairs doctor on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Her cousin gave her an old photo of her grandfather with other people who she plans to meet and interview for a potential article.

The Navaho refuse to cooperate with the "Nosy Pants" reporter; who wants to chat with any of those in the photo still living. Jilly Wolf introduces the journalist to her grandmother. Keegan learns that missionaries took one of the children in the picture. Soon afterward someone murders Jilly's grandmother. Not sure why, Keegan knows an unknown predator will kill apparently to keep buried secrets interred. With assistance from archeologist Dante "Shovel Bum" Covelli, she begins to learn why but she may be the next victim silenced by those who want the truth to remain hidden.

The entertaining return to Monument Valley (see The Charmstone) with a different heroine is an engaging romantic suspense thriller that once again includes a deep look at Navajo customs and recent history. Keegan is a fascinating lead who has never been the same since the traumatic abduction. Although somewhat over the top of Kings Peak, fans will relish a dedicated no longer whole heroine trying to do what is right for the little victims of family disputes.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Joy on November 29, 2011
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C.C. Harrison is an expert at keeping her readers in suspense. In this, her fourth novel, she keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what could possibly happen next. It's the kind of novel that makes you pick it up again because you feel like you can't wait to see what's next.

As with her first three novels, the main character is a strong woman who finds herself in a terrible situation. Her only child has been kidnapped and the authorities have not been able to find her.

She is a writer for a magazine, so when her cousin sends her a photo that he found in their grandfather's belongings after his death, she decides to take a vacation and try to identify the people in the photo.

The picture was taken in Monument Valley on the Navaho Reservation, where her grandfather was the only doctor, and it is about fifty years old.

What she thought would be a restful break from her personal troubles turns out to be anything but!
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By reader1 on October 16, 2014
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Another Winner! Love the mystery and intrigue set in the Southwest. Add in a little romance -- perfect. I've ordered all of Harrison's -- can't wait for another!
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