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pauly caton sees her husband.... [Mar. 22nd, 2007|11:29 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
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'Less than a week after they married Pauly Caton sees her husband Randy fall
to his death in a hot air balloon when the pilot is shot by a sniper. In
shock, she can't believe her eyes when she also sees a young boy run from the
basket. The questions mount up when she learns that Randy has had a
vasectomy, an unpleasant surprise since they had hoped to have children
together. Unsure of what to do with herself now that her dreams of having a
family are shattered, Pauly retreats to live with her Gram, a five-time
married owner of a carnival. There she meets Steve, a tattooed snake handler
to whom she feels inappropriate feelings of lust. Soon Pauly discovers that
she didn't know Randy at all, as she inherits from him not only his
partnership in his hydrolics business but millions in money that he shouldn't have had. The more she learns about him the more she begins to believe that
he was deliberately murdered, and the circle of those she can trust tightens. It seems that everyone around her has been keeping secrets, including her own
beloved grandmother. Still feeling protective of Randy and not knowing whom
she can trust, Pauly chooses not to reveal all of her suspicions to the
police or those around her. Eventually Pauly gets herself mixed up in a
dispute over water rights, child pornography, and, of course, murder.
In her second standalone mystery (departing from her Ben Pecos series),
Slater again creates a beautiful setting in New Mexico. She succeeds in
creating characters that are as real as they are unusual, and Pauly is both
entertaining to watch and admirable in her courage. At times she's a little
too dominated by her hormonal lusts for Steve, but Pauly's feelings of
isolation as those around her continue to deceive her are believably played
out. Despite the shocking beginning, this is not a morose mystery and the
reader can appreciate Pauly's wit and how regains her strength and refuses to
let herself be manipulated by others. Slater has created yet another winning

From: imageit
2007-03-22 11:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an amazing read. Are you reading it?
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[User Picture]From: recrea33
2007-03-30 01:40 am (UTC)
absolutely gripped
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