Sunday, March 12, 2017

No Way Home: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy

Zoe is going on a ride with clients using her horses.  When everyone gets saddled up and ready to go, a horse comes back to the stables, riderless.  She cancels the ride and goes out to find the rider.  She finds him, dead.

Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.

Zoe feels an obligation to help with the investigation because the man died in her woods.  He's an important person in the fight over fracking.  Might that have been the reason he died?  After all, he'd been shot, not just injured in a fall from the horse.  She's looking forward to working with Pete, the local police chief and her boyfriend.  But she gets involved with a friend whose son is missing.  He had gone to New Mexico to stay with his girlfriend's parents but both he and he and she had been missing for days.  When they find her dead body, it's almost like the boy must be dead, too.  Rose refuses to give up hope and takes Zoe with her to New Mexico to try to get some answers.  With Pete home in Pennsylvania trying to solve his murder, Zoe is on her own.

With public meetings and arguments over fracking, a new drug problem in town and a murder with hundreds of suspects, Pete's plenty busy.

Zoe is trying to find some hope that Logan is still alive.  His sister Allison says she can find out, so they arrange to slip away together and go to talk to someone who has information.  It turns out that someone is an Indian.  He says he's safe but he won't tell them where he is.  They finally convince him to show them Logan.  He takes them out in the boonies and they find Logan alive and haunted by the killing of his girlfriend.

The murder here ties to the drug problems at home.  Wolf is a very dangerous drug dealer who'll kill anyone in his way.  Logan wouldn't transport drugs so he killed Logan's girlfriend to convince him he should.  Then he left him for dead.  

Trying to hide is no good; they find him and Zoe.  The cat and mouse chase scene is intense.  So is the ending.  I'd read more in this series.  It's written well and keeps your attention riveted.  Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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