Hiding Gladys

Hiding Gladys

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by Lee Mims

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Discovering a granite deposit of epic proportions is geologist Cleo Cooper’s dream come true. Not only will she be famous for discovering the easternmost deposit in the United States, she’ll also be rich. And so will Gladys Walton, the owner of the rural North Carolina property that sits atop the bounty of valuable rock.

When Gladys goes missing and a

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Discovering a granite deposit of epic proportions is geologist Cleo Cooper’s dream come true. Not only will she be famous for discovering the easternmost deposit in the United States, she’ll also be rich. And so will Gladys Walton, the owner of the rural North Carolina property that sits atop the bounty of valuable rock.

When Gladys goes missing and a murder victim turns up in the well, Cleo works extra hard to keep her test drilling above board and on schedule. But a near-fatal accident convinces Cleo that someone is dead set on killing her, too. With support from a hot fellow geologist, Cleo races against the clock before another body is found and her dreams of fame and fortune are crushed.

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Publishers Weekly
Mims’s solid debut introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, whose find of a huge, previously undiscovered granite deposit in coastal North Carolina can make her rich—if she and her drilling crew survive the exploration. A signed contract with the landowner, Gladys Walton, may not be enough for Gladys’s greedy son and daughter, who will do anything to get their hands on their mother’s property. If Cleo can safeguard Gladys from Gladys’s grasping family and a less than honest mining company, Cleo’s crew can complete the drilling for core samples and finalize the contract. Life is complicated by the presence of Cleo’s ex-husband, Bud, and Nash Finley, a persistent suitor. Both Cleo and Gladys must fight for their lives against a killer who’s determined to win. Despite a long, slow finish, readers will want to get to know Cleo better in future installments. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Associates. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
A plucky geologist and her deerhound almost lose their lives in North Carolina. Cleo Cooper has everything in place to secure the $4 million bank loan needed to cover the mining of a granite deposit on her elderly friend Gladys' land. Gladys has agreed to lease the acreage to her, and she's lined up a site crew to collect data, core samples and so forth. But then, bad luck strikes. A rattler takes over her car's back seat. A rifle shot fells Tulip, her trusty deerhound. Cleo falls into a well and lands on a wrapped and roped dead body. Wait, there's more. Not only does Gladys disappear, but her loathsome adult children, Robert Earle and Shirley, insist that she's given them a power of attorney leaving them in possession of the rights to all that valuable granite. When core samples are stolen and a bridge collapses, delaying any site work, Cleo whiles away her time by bedding handsome former geologist Nash Finley and ignoring her ex-husband Bud's attempts to seduce her. The local sheriff identifies the dead body. Cleo's banker tells her of another group's plans for quarrying the granite at her site. Robert Earle succumbs to fatal stabbing by yucca plant. Shirley elopes with a scoundrel. Cleo will be confined in a root cellar and finally followed on a harrowing boat excursion before most everything turns out okay. Mims, a former field geologist who clearly knows mining protocol, equipment and land resources, seasons Cleo's debut with too many Perils-of-Pauline impediments and too much romantic folderol.

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Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
Cleo Cooper Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.66(d)

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Hiding Gladys 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Cleo Cooper series.  It is a book that grabbed me from the very first paragraph and I found myself reading when I should have been doing other things. Cleo is a geologist and has an option on a farm where she believes there is granite.  It is set in North Carolina and the story starts out with Cleo driving along and finding a rattlesnake in her back seat.  Needless to say, an accident follows and she and her dog, Tulip, find themselves in need of help.  Who to call but you ex-husband! After getting this incident straightened out by ex-hubby Bud pulling her Jeep out of the ditch, Cleo goes on to find the farm’s owner, Gladys Walton, missing.  Her two children are less than excited to see Cleo and, in fact, do everything in their power to stop her. But Cleo has a legal document that the children cannot overcome and she proceeds to do the drilling necessary to prove there is granite on the land.  While the crew is drilling, Cleo manages to fall into a well with a dead body in it. So the questions become who is the dead person, where is Gladys and is there really granite on the land.  Between these questions and Cleo’s own two children trying to get her and her ex back together, there is never a dull moment in the book.
BRumsey More than 1 year ago
This is the first Lee Mims book that I have read and I truly enjoyed it. It was so much fun watching Cleo as she tried to brush all the bad events aside as coincidences until there was no denying the facts...someone was trying to kill Gladys and she could become collateral damage. Cleo is a smart, strong character trying to make her dream come true in a job that is dominated by men. One of her strengths is that she "cares" about people and would really like to trust them, but when Gladys keeps disappearing and accidents keep slowing down her team of workers, even she couldn't deny that time was running out. A fun read. I will definitely by watching for Lee's next book.
Hecate1118 More than 1 year ago
*Provided by JKSCommunications for an honest review* I've always loved a good mystery. I love the thrill I get when trying to figure out the plot of a story, who the real antagonists were, and what else could possibly go wrong. That is one of the reasons I'd originally agreed to read this book. Despite my initial excitement, as I read the book, I found that it was alright. In all honesty, I was more interested in the plot than the actual protagonist. Upon realizing that Cleo was an older woman, I was confused. Her thoughts and actions - and sometimes her diction - reflected someone significantly younger. I found myself skimming over "Cleo-centric" paragraphs and chapters just so I could focus the majority of my attention on the actual plot of the story.  While exciting in some points, I thought the plot was fairly predictable. I would've preferred if something outrageous happened like Gladys was behind everything, upset that she'd signed over her land and missed out on a fortune - or something like that. Alas, that was not the case and the whole "Who did it" speculation slowly transformed into more of a "well it was obviously them" kind of thing.  The writing wasn't bad; however, I believe that they Mims could have dug deeper into the plot and transformed it into something very exciting.  I'm not saying it was a bad book, I can see how and why some people would like it. Unfortunately it was an okay book for me. 
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is really tough to know what rating to give a book. And this one happens to be one of those books. This is the first book I have ever read by Lee Mims, and it was easy to tell that she knew about geology. She added in plenty of details, and her writing style was very readable. In fact, there was never a dull moment. And even though the reader is pretty sure about who is involved, I have to say that the author put in a twist I didn't see coming.  What I appreciated about Cleo (and Gladys) was that they are older women who do not slow down! Okay, so I'm not 40 yet, but I'm getting there. I love the fact that these women show that age is truly just a number. I love the fact that authors are writing more than YA and 20-something romances. Speaking of romance, I found it ingenious that the author has Cleo still attracted to her ex. And since this is a series, I hope to see these two again! I would love to see more romance between them. They can stay out of the bedroom--I would prefer that. But thankfully the author gives her characters privacy in the bedroom. I could do without the profanity as well, but again, that is just personal preference. I have chosen to give the book a five star rating. While I would have loved for this to have been a cozy mystery (no profanity, no sex, a fuzzy and warm plot), it is well written and a mystery where the bad guys get their due and lives go on the way they should. And it is a quick read. I would certainly come back for the next installment. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Cleo Cooper, divorced mother of two and geologist turned amateur sleuth, rocks in Lee Mims' debut mystery. Action, drama, and science has never come together quite so entertainingly as in Hiding Gladys. Hiding Gladys begins with a bang when Cleo's caught on the road with a rattle snake slinking through her jeep as she's heading towards her latest job. She's found granite on her friend Gladys Walton's land and is expecting a big payout if her testing results are conclusive. While setting the land up for testing, Cleo stumbles across a dead body. Investigation begins and the hunt for Gladys, an important key to this twisted mystery who seems to have disappeared, ensues. Mims keeps her readers in suspense, but the story keeps moving. While Cleo sorts out whether Gladys' rotten children are trying to remove their mother from the picture, she's either working on the land or working to avoid her ex-husband, Bud. She'd rather rely on fellow geologist and ex-army ranger, Nash, to get her out of a jam. Along the way she keeps her eyes peeled for clues and answers to the questions forming the big picture. Geology isn't the first subject you'd expect in mystery, but Mims makes it work. The explanations of Cleo's work is far from humdrum, but intriguing substance to fill the story's atmosphere. The one thing that was hard to imagine was this 45 year old woman running around and fulfilling some very physical scenes. It helped that her field has made her used to such activeness, but I couldn't help slipping up and imagining her as a spry 29 year old, at least. The first Cleo Cooper Mystery is a charming mystery, one that you would do well to get a hold of as soon as possible! A little humor draws you into Cleo's life and that of her family, even giving Hiding Gladys a cozy aura. *Book provided in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will have to confess I was going to read a few chapters and go to bed. It was 3 AM when I went to sleep with the book completed. Excellent read.
fourchonman More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that you will find hard to put down.The many twists and turns will keep you guessing and in suspense.A new writer worth reading.