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Posted March 29, 2013
Reviewed by Jane Allen Petrick for Readers' Favorite Is the fem
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Is the female truly the more deadly of the species? You decide after reading the latest crime novel "Tears on Stone", the second in the 'Falcon’s Bend' series. The setting is again the ill-starred community of Falcon’s Bend. Police Department investigator Pete Shasta and his partner Danny Vincent are slowly pulled backwards into a web of incredible crimes of vengeance when Pete’s brother, Jordon, asks him to check out what has been going on with his friend MaryEmma Gold. “Marigold”, Jordon’s nickname for his childhood flame, has suddenly returned to Falcon’s Bend after a long absence and rented the house next door along with her younger sister Shelley, Shelley’s three year old daughter Ariel, and a mysterious older woman named Pam. Little Ariel seems traumatized and MaryEmma appears brutalized in more ways than one. When Shelley’s new boyfriend is found beaten to death near a popular lovers’ lane, a search light of suspicion turns on the entire household of women, and Pete warns his brother to stay away from them.
Authors Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler really gain their stride in the pacing and momentum of "Tears on Stone". And there are no throw away characters. One of the most surprising and engaging sub-plots, for example, is the developing relationship between two little girls, three year old Ariel and Jordon’s six year old daughter, Nicole. In a subtle way, this relationship is a foil to the one among the grown women in the story. I found "Tears on Stone" to be a tantalizing read, a page-turner that kept me up all night. You’ll want to read it yourself to find out if it has the same dangerous effect on you.