Death of a Saint Maker

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Trading post owner Texana Jones is at the dedication of a restored chapel in a tiny town across the Rio Grande. But the arriving guests find the door locked; when it is forced open, they come upon the body of the Saint Maker, an itinerant woodcarver who made the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe for the chapel. Standing over the body is a pit bull, covered with blood. It is obvious to Texana that there is more to the death of the revered old man than simply a fatal attack by a fierce dog, and her suspicions are ...
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Overview

Trading post owner Texana Jones is at the dedication of a restored chapel in a tiny town across the Rio Grande. But the arriving guests find the door locked; when it is forced open, they come upon the body of the Saint Maker, an itinerant woodcarver who made the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe for the chapel. Standing over the body is a pit bull, covered with blood. It is obvious to Texana that there is more to the death of the revered old man than simply a fatal attack by a fierce dog, and her suspicions are heightened when she comes home to find her house broken into, and the RV of a tourist family staying in the trading post parking lot stolen. Clay, Texana's veterinarian husband, is on a ranch in Mexico, advising one of the country's most powerful men, a rancher and arms dealer, on culling his prize herd. When Texana joins him there, she is surprised to see that her host owns a large collection of the Saint Maker's work. Her suspicions lead her into investigating any possible connections between the rancher and the old man's murder - and into a series of events that spell peril for Texana and high suspense for readers.
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Martin follows Death of a Healing Woman with another in-depth look at the people, problems and mores of la frontera, the border region between (and including parts of) Texas and Mexico. Trading-post owner Texana Jones arbitrates local disputes, but she finds herself up to her belt buckle in troubles when a newcomer says one of the locals' dogs has killed his goats. The dog is seen, with bloody fangs, running from a chapel across the border in Mexico where the ravaged body of a local wood carver is discovered. Although she is shaken by the man's vicious-looking death, Texana accompanies her husband, Clay, a veterinarian, to the hacienda of a rich Mexican rancher whom Clay is advising. Later, a Mexican mayor tells her that the wood carver was not killed by the dog but was murdered. Because the wealthy rancher put a ransom on the dog's head after she told him about the wood carver's death, Texana tries to prevent the dog from being shot by overzealous bounty hunters. Then Clay is approached by DEA agents who want him to uncover the rancher as a smuggler, and Texana's jaguar carving, made by the dead man, is stolen. The couple soon learn about what was hidden inside the wood carver's seemingly harmless statues and begin to suspect that the saint maker was involved in a smuggling operation. Martin ties up the murder and the motive while giving readers a slow-paced story spicy with Southwestern atmosphere. (Jan.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780373262991
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/29/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.59 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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