Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cold Trail: A Jeri Howard Mystery - Janet Dawson

Cold Trail: A Jeri Howard Mystery
Janet Dawson
Perseverance, Apr 7 2015, $15.95
ISBN 9781564745552

In Sonoma County, California, private investigator Jeri Howard fears the charred body on a burned out boat is her brother Brian since his Medic Alert bracelet was found on the vessel and his wife said her husband headed for a camping trip in the area.  However, when the remains prove to be someone else, the missing school teacher becomes a police person of interest.

Jeri refuses to accept the detectives’ theory that Brian set fire to the boat after killing the victim.  Though she wonders if his marriage is on the rocks leading to his rustication, the PI also believes her sibling is in danger from whoever the real killer is though she remains unsure whether he witnessed the actual homicide.  Jeri hopes to find Brian before the murderer or the local cops do.

The eleventh Jeri Howard mystery (see Where The Bodies Are Buried, A Killing At The Track and Bit Player) is a thrilling suspense.  Accompanying a frightened, concerned Jeri, readers feel the haunting and taunting dread sitting in the protagonist’s gut while her search to locate her brother turns increasingly desperate.

Harriet Klausner

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