Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saving Cecil A Cleo Cooper Mystery by Lee Mims

Cleo is in her element.  She working loves working outside and taking core samples of the soil to test.  They're drilling an oil well and she's working as their geologist.  She's getting married again (to the same husband she divorced) and the kids are handling the wedding details.  Life is good.  At least it was until she found the dead man.

Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 8th.

This is a cozy mystery with a lot going on.  Cleo leads a full life with her job and her family.  The proposed wedding date is creeping up on her and her daughter is going all out on the wedding planning.  She wasn't in love with her husband the first time she married him but she is now.  Everything should be great but not when the sheriff is accusing you of murder...

She and the sheriff go back a long ways.  He tried to put her father behind bars for murder when he was innocent.  So she's expecting no sympathy from him.  She even suspects him of trying to hurt her by shooting her tire out so she goes over a cliff.  But she can't prove it.

She discovers that the dead man had discovered a fossil from long ago that was worth not only money but bragging rights.  She finds wild boars being bred with domestic pigs.  The more she finds out about the family she's working for, the worse it gets.  They're almost bankrupt and need the money from the well output.  Are they the ones raising the hogs?  Who's sneaking around trying to stop the well?  Why was the young man killed?  Can she figure it before she becomes the next victim?

This is a mystery in more than one way and the story keeps your attention all the way through.  There's  a side of romance served, too, and it's not just Cleo's.  Give this a read and see what you think.

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