In Murderous Secrets by Paty Jager, Shandra Higheagle sets off to look into the death of her father, a rodeo star from the Nez Perce Native American tribe killed by a particularly mean horse during a rodeo when Shandra was four. Recently Shandra has gotten in touch with a friend of her father’s now living in a nursing home who has inspired Shandra to look into both her father’s death and her own Native heritage. Afraid that her Native relatives might not accept her for being half- white, especially since her mother brought her up to avoid all elements of her Native heritage, Shandra nervously sets out on a trip to her father’s people. Fortunately, she finds a family happy to welcome her and which helps her to locate some people who might be able to assist her.
But it becomes more and more apparent that not only did someone murder Edward Higheagle, but that someone remains around and active in venomous behavior today, more than 20 years after the initial crime. But as all readers of mysteries know, a murderer, once threatened, becomes multiple times as dangerous in trying to keep safe from getting caught. Thus, Shandra and Jack, the detective she is slowly learning to love, get thrown together to fight for justice on behalf of Shandra’s father and their own safety as they struggle to avoid the grasp of the murderer.
I have enjoyed this series since the first book, Double Duplicity, came to audio. I really like the setting on the mountain with Shandra’s trying to find the missing side of her heritage. So I was happy to get to see Shandra finally meet her Native family. I see great promise for future books as Shandra goes through a further path of personal discovery. I also appreciate seeing the growing relationship between Shandra and Ryan. I like seeing them take their time to heal from past personal injuries before rushing into a serious relationship. Further, I like the way that without even knowing each other’s secret, the pair are able to help each other gain a degree of healing.
Ann M. Thompson narrates the audio edition of this book. In my review of the previous book, Deadly Aim, I indicated that I was not very impressed by the narration and its pacing, but this time I was happy with the narration. So maybe I just had a bad day in my listening to that book. The pacing seemed fine to me this time.
The mystery plots of the series continue to improve with each new entry. This mystery was very well written with plenty of intrigue and drama. I am impressed with the way this series continues to get better as it continues. I give it five stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way affected the content of my review.
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