Deadly Omenby Marilyn Meredith
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A candidate for Princess is murdered at a Native American Pow Wow while Tempe Crabtree is working there in her capacity as deputy. Tempe's investigation takes her into the Yanduchi reservation, and her husband, Hutch, has difficulty with Tempe's growing interest in her own native heritage as she seeks the identity of the killer.
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Excited at the opportunity to learn more about her Native American heritage, Deputy Tempe Crabtree is pleased to hear of her peacekeeping assignment at the first annual Pow Wow held in Dennison, CA, close to her own town of Bear Creek. But the Pow Wow makes history in more ways than one as Deputy Crabtree discovers the truth of an overheard and ominous comment, ¿Somebody¿s going to die!¿ Amidst the solemn beat of the drum and the splendor of traditional and modern regalia, the competition for ¿Pow Wow Princess¿ grows fierce. As the high school-aged contestants sell tickets to earn the coveted title, a young woman is found murdered--a gun without fingerprints and a lone eagle feather the only clues. Torn between family obligations and her conviction that the wrong man stands accused of the murder, Tempe takes the investigation into her own hands. Was it the old coot with a long-standing feud against the `savages¿ or was one of the contestant¿s mothers taking the competition too seriously? Two young men claimed to love the dead girl, but only one knew her secret¿was it reason enough to kill her? Tempe Crabtree makes a fine modern heroine as she juggles the demands of career and family as a responsible and caring human being. Newly married to a Christian pastor and having a grown son, she learns to blend the customs and roles from two very different cultures into one genuine family. A grown-up ¿Nancy Drew¿, Tempe Crabtree is sure to develop a following just as loyal. Marilyn Meredith crafts a fine story with real characters and true-to-life situations. She weaves bits of legend and history into her tale, then ties up a neat package, leaving the reader satisfied as she waits for the next book In the series.