Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau

Charlotte has come to Alaska to get away and to see her brother again.  She's running from her past and has no plans other than to do more journalistic work.  She's for female equality which, as you can imagine, doesn't go far in Alaska.  It doesn't take her long to alienate all the important people in town.

Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.

Her first shock is to find that her brother is engaged.  The woman is pretty but she doesn't seem to be his type.  He has plans for his future.  Right now, he works with all types from prostitutes to poor farmers, natives to miners, and the like as a doctor.  Many times he doesn't get paid with money but with food.  He has visions of moving up in the world and perhaps being a politician.  Charlotte can't believe it!

Without meaning to, Charlotte gets caught up in a murder case.  She heard people bumping outside her window but saw no one.  The next day, they find a murdered prostitute.  She answers the deputy's questions but it doesn't help with the case.

This is a tangled case.  Both Charlotte and her brother have a secret.  So do most of the people in town.  Charlotte keeps messing in the case driving both her brother and the deputy nuts.  When they burn her room at the boarding house, she knows how serious it is getting.  But she doesn't give up.

This was set in Alaska, has an odd quirk in the story, and the beginning of romance for Charlotte.  I'll be following this series.  It's western with a touch of modern and a very interesting time for Cordova, the city.

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