Shandra Higheagle is digging up clay for her artwork when she uncovers the boot and then leg of a long-buried body in Tarnished Remains by Paty Jager. Calling her friend, Detective Ryan Greer, Shandra is happy to reconnect with the man with whom she had felt a connection in her previous encounter with the law. The archaeologists called in to dig up the body determine that the body is that of Johnny, the former boyfriend of Shandra’s employee, known to all around as “Crazy Lil.” She thought that he had abandoned her when it turns out that he had been dead all this time. This leads Lil to be named as the top suspect, though Shandra is certain Lil is innocent.
This book comes across as a light mystery but was a delight to listen to. I enjoyed getting to see the solution unfold, partly through the assistance of Shandra’s deceased grandmother, who sends her dreams to give her guidance. It is interesting that it is the Irish detective who trusts the dreams more than the half- Native American Shandra. Having been forbidden from knowing about her native heritage by her step-father, Shandra explores her own past and gains a greater knowledge of her own self. I also enjoyed the growing romance between Shandra and Ryan. I appreciated the details of the development of the characters in the book.
Ann M. Thompson performs the audio edition of the book, and I liked the job she does in bringing the book to life. She helps to keep the book moving and making its creativity real.
I enjoyed Tarnished Remains a lot. The book moves enjoyably and has good details about Shandra’s personal life exploration and discovery. I give this book four stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way influenced the content of my review.
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