Friday, September 27, 2013

Rocky Road

From the back of the book:

Dr. Trenton Hendricks was last seen Friday, April 8, when he set out alone on a backpacking trip. Hendricks's Jeep Grand Cherokee was located Tuesday at the Chuckwalla Trailhead, but after six days and thousands of man-hours, the official search has been called off. He is presumed to be deceased.

It was supposed to be a girls' weekend in scenic St. George, Utah, that would included shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fund-raiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fund-raising event, alocal doctor, had disappeared two months before was not supposed to be Sadie's problem.

When Sadie learns that her friend Caro and Caro's cousin, Tess, have started a grassroots investigation into Dr. Hendrick's disappearance, Sadie graciously refuses to be a part of it. With her wedding to plan and her most recent case still fresh in her mind, Sadie is determined to leave this case to the police—until she meets the ex-wife of the missing man.

How could she not ask a few questions ... that lead to more questions ... that lead to a small town and even more questions? When the local police ask her to be their eyes and ears, Sadie can't help but jump in with both feet. Before she knows it, she is on the rocky road of another investigation, following a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.

This is the next installment in the Sadie Hoffmiller series. I love Sadie more and more with each and every book. This adventure was a little bit of a departure for Sadie's normal curiosity driven entanglements. However it doesn't stop Sadie from becoming entangled in things almost beyond her. There is no such thing as a smooth road to a relaxing weekend for Sadie no matter how hard she tries. And she really does try.

This is the second book review this week where things really surprised me in the who, what, where or why categories. There were times I thought I had it figured out but then there would be a twist in the road to the end and I would have to rethink my theory.

Well done, Josi, well done.
disclaimer: I am part of the test kitchen for this series and do get a complimentary book, but know nothing of the story other than the setting before I read the book.


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