Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Treasure Among The Shadows-Marie Romero Cash

Treasure Among The Shadows

Marie Romero Cash

Camel, Jun 1 2013, $15.95

ISBN: 9781603819077

Detective Artie Chacon calls the Cerillos’ substation Sheriff Rick Romero that a fortyish female corpse was found near the Ortiz Mine. Rick, forensic psychologist Jemimah Hodge and Santa Fe County chief medical examiner Dr. Harry Donlon arrive at the murder scene; a casino card identifies the victim as Amy Griego; who the cops are unaware hitched from the casinos at night to sleep in hotel laundry rooms.

Rick investigates but finds nothing of significance on the Griego case though the victim had an angry former husband. A second killing of Gilda Humphreys leaves behind several people including her spouse and her work associates who will not miss her. Jemimah notices from Gilda’s writings that the disliked woman was enjoying sex with several lovers in between her searching for affluent gallery owner Tim McCabe's publicly announced hunt for hidden treasure. Ironically whereas as the first homicide lacked viable suspects, the second is overwhelmed with viable suspects.

The third Jemimah Hodge Murder Mystery (see Deadly Deception and Shadows Among The Ruins) is an exciting police procedural that grips readers from the moment Chacon calls Romero on his day off and never slows down until the climax. The law enforcement team consists of top rate professionals with varying personalities while the Southwest landscape enhances the investigation. Readers will enjoy the terrific Treasure Among The Shadows.

Harriet Klausner

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