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- Print Length: 282 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453671943
- Publisher: Secret Staircase Books (October 11, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SG7OTY
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- Lending: Enabled
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"Shelton has created a female sleuth with an original slant to her methods." -- Small Press Magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Charlie decides maybe she can find some clues in the dusty old attic boxes. She finds more than memories when her curiosity peaks and she finds a little leather notebook of her father's. Through the years, Charlie remembers her father always scribbling in little notebooks that were his constant companions. However, the writings mean nothing to her. In fact, this seems to contain some kind of code. Charlie feels that the scribbles just might reveal some sinister secret if they could just be deciphered. She begins to asks questions. Her nosiness is not readily met with enthusiasm, and she gets downright hostile vibes from some individuals with whom she makes contact. Life becomes a bit tense for Charlie and is downright fatal for some with whom she has conversations!
I found this an easy to read, well-edited mystery that includes enough suspense that held my attention. It is fairly fast moving and a good pick for mystery fans who like to have a female amateur sleuth as the main character. Charlie seems to be rather hyper, but has an appealing personality. She flits from person to person, activity to activity with boundless energy. In fact, all the good guys are pretty sensible and likable...including Rusty her faithful canine companion.
The streets and locations in Albuquerque are probably meaningless to anyone that has not been there. However, to those who know Albuquerque it may bring back memories or make one feel that they are an unseen presence following Charlie's footsteps.
While it is probably best to read this series in sequence, I did not do so. I did not find this to be a problem because there was enough background material to get me up to date.
Fast forward 15 years and Charlie is cleaning out her home's attic so she can make space for her fiance Drake's things as he prepares to move from Hawaii to New Mexico to set up house with her. Charlie comes across her father's notebook, a notebook he always carried with him, and this starts the ball rolling. She soon discovers that the plane crash is not all it was touted to be, and that there are sinister forces at work.
Charlie sets out to investigate and soon discovers that some secrets are worth a lot to someone - even worth killing someone. And is she next?
One aspect of Charlie's character I really liked was her humanity. She is brave in the midst of danger, but breaks down once things have calmed down. How many of us react like that? I think most of us. It makes Charlie very likable. And I loved how Rusty, the dog, is an integral part to the story, without being anthropomorphized. She is a dog lover and it shows.
I really enjoyed this book, and will now have to go back and read the first four!
Anyway...I don't have to relate the plot, as it's been done in the reviews, but this plot seems to have more substance to it than the other Charlie Parker mysteries.
Another thing I like about this series is that it's so easy to read and understand. It's like going from analog TV to High Def TV. Everything is made so clear, and that's done with the writing style of the author. What a gift! And most of the mysteries can be read in one long sitting, or a couple of shorter ones. I like that.
I'm looking forward now to reading the rest of the series. Thanks Connie for providing stories that can bring a few hours of fun, joy and some suspense into my life.
I highly recommend Connie Shelton's entire library of books. If you haven't read them, you are in for a treat! Thank you, Connie.
Top international reviews
In this one to see Drake becoming part of Charlie's life seems so natural.
The writing is just the right pace for a mystery & Charlie is so believable & endearing.
A well written tale with many twists & dangers
All in all it is very difficult to put this book down without finishing it.