When Meg, deputy sheriff Claire Watkins's 15-year-old daughter, doesn't come home from a Halloween party hosted by close friend Krista Jorgenson at the start of Logue's harrowing fifth mystery set in Pepin County, Wis. (after 2005's Poison Heart), Claire fears the worst. Early the next morning, Claire discovers Krista, still wearing her Halloween costume, lying dead at the foot of a high limestone ledge called Maiden Rock. Two hours later, Claire and Meg, who had spent the night making out with a boy in his car, have a tearful reunion. After Meg learns of Krista's apparent suicide, she blames herself because the two had had a falling out at the party. But when meth turns up in Krista's bloodstream and a woman manufacturing meth in her trailer dies in an explosive fire, it becomes clear there's a serious drug problem among the community's young people. With minimal detail, limited characterization and few plot twists, this cautionary tale may be too straightforward for many mystery readers. (Nov.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Maiden Rockby Mary Logue
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is back, in this tragic, personal follow up to Poison Heart. Claire’s daughter Meg is struggling with depression - after an all-night high school Halloween party, Meg’s best friend was found dead of an apparent suicide at the foot of Maiden Rock. Krista and Meg had fought at the party, over a boy, and Krista had run off.
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Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is back, in this tragic, personal follow up to Poison Heart. Claire’s daughter Meg is struggling with depression - after an all-night high school Halloween party, Meg’s best friend was found dead of an apparent suicide at the foot of Maiden Rock. Krista and Meg had fought at the party, over a boy, and Krista had run off. Meg feels responsible, but what shocks the deputy is that Krista was found with meth in her system. Now Claire is faced with a growing trend in her rural town - meth labs, doped-up teenagers, and young girls just looking for a way to escape their small-town lives.
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Maiden Rock is the sixth Claire Watkins mystery and maybe the best yet. I love the way Mary Logue brings us into the small rural community and shows us what lurks beneath the supposedly peaceful country life. In this case, it's a subculture driven by crystal meth, the greatest drug scourge so far of this millenium--so far. Logue's characters are spot-on real, with all the intricacies, terrors, and joys of real life people. I've read every book in the series, and her characters feel like family. This story reads more like a thriller than a mystery, so don't start reading late at night--it's hard to stop reading.
This installment to the Claire Watkins series was way too slow-paced. The plot just didn't flow well and the book felt unfinished. The topic was great and it could gave been interesting, but the author just didn't live up to her potential. It didn't read like Logue's previous books and I began to wonder if it was even written by her. I would recommend it to those who are already reading the series just so they can read the complete set, but I would nit recommend it to anyone else. Stephanie Clanahan
Best book in this series! The condensed time frame of the story together with the subject matter make for a compelling read.
This is the third book of Logue's I have read,and it is her best !!! It is a very quick & educational book. It takes a look at Meth & it's dangers. I recommend it to any parents that want their kids to get a look at the 'dark side' of meth.
As a teen I would have loved the romantic myth of Winona sailing off Maiden Rock. Ms. Logue is in touch with that time in our lives and those who would thoughtlessly corrupt such open hearts. The story progresses at pace that readers will feel they're heading towards that cliff too. Excellent!
This isn't Mary Logues, best work, it lack foundation for the story and has little chacter developement, a big thumbs down.