Jean Henry Mead is the author of 15 books, including the Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series. She's also an award-winning photojournalist and children's author.
Murder on the Interstate (a Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel)by Jean Henry Mead, Bill Mead (Illustrator)
Murder on the Interstate is the third novel in the Logan & Cafferty series. Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty are traveling along a northern Arizona interstate when they discover the body of a young woman in her Mercedes convertible. The killer returns to disable their motorhome and "Big Ruby" McCurdy, a truck driver, comes to their rescue. While following the killer's pickup to get his license number in the 18-wheeler, they find that he's not only stalking them, but is involved in a homegrown terrorist group that plans to take down the government. The plot is laced with humor and light romance as well as excerpts from recent headlines.
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"Careen into crime with two intrepid sleuths who outwit terrorists in a fast-paced plot taken from today's headlines. A page turner." ~Carolyn Hart "Murder on the Interstate burns rubber right out of the gate and exceeds the speed limit on every page. With all the car chases, gun shots, screeching breaks, and crashes, the movie version could be the sequel to one of those car-heist action-films. Except for the fact that the protagonists are two women approaching Medicare, and their vehicle is a motorhome. Dana and Sarah are stalwart, clever and funny characters, and author Jean Henry Mead caroms them from one tight situation to another as they weave along the Interstate and into a high stakes mystery." ~J. Michael Orenduff, award-winning author of The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein "Full of surprising twists and turns, Jean Henry Mead has produced an RV adventure with her two senior sleuths in hot pursuit of a murderer, but the tables turn and the two women learn that not only are they in danger but so is our national security. An exciting mystery that will keep you turning pages." ~Marilyn (F.M.) Meredith, author of Angel Lost
Okay, this was good. REALLY good. REALLY REALLY good. So good, in fact, that I have GOT to go back and get the first two in this series! It was a LOT better than I was expecting. It really gripped me and kept me hanging on, until I was, sadly, on the last page. I couldn't believe the ups and downs and twists and turns it took me on. FANTASTIC! Dana and Sarah are some rockin' great sleuths! The story takes place on the way to Wyoming, in Arizona....Dana and Sarah are in their RV traveling back to Wyoming from California and solving a crime there. While traveling along the interstate, they are witness to a murder. But, once they stop as witnesses, their whole lives are about to change. Their return trip to Wyoming is delayed. Way delayed. As they work together to try to solve the crime, after all, they ARE senior sleuths, interesting twists occur. Terrorists. Drugs. Illegal entry. LOTS of no nos! Things they never expected to happen, happened. It was car wrecking chaos and kidnapping excitement and comedic humor all rolled into one big roller coaster of traveling suspense. I absolutely, without a doubt, recommend this with the highest of 5 stars! You'll read this in one sitting if you're anything like me. I started in the morning and had it finished by that evening. It was just that awesome! I love the feel of the characters and the plot line as they came to life, I loved the writing style of Ms. Mead as she pulled me completely into the story. I will DEFINITELY be reading the first two books in this series, I will be anxious for another book with the daring and bold senior sleuths!!
Buckle up for a multi-state mystery that will have you turning pages faster than you can say "retirement." In this third book of Jean Henry Mead's Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series, baby boomers Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty grab the attention of homegrown terrorists when they stop to assist a car accident victim. It doesn't take them long to discover the woman is dead, and it wasn't the accident that killed her. When Dana is kidnapped, she makes it her mission to figure out why this woman died and to bring her killer to justice. She has no idea what she has just stepped into. I haven't read the first two books in this series, but it isn't necessary because Murder on the Interstateis a perfect stand alone novel: just enough backstory to bring readers up to speed with the characters and lots of action and adventure to propel the current story forward. Blended with humor and light romance, this mystery/suspense novel offers a well-written story, a unique plot, and superbly drawn characters. In addition to Dana and Sarah, Dana's daughter Kerrie, an investigative reporter, gets pulled in to help the ladies uncover clues. Toss in Walter, a love-smitten sheriff who is trying to make his relationship with Dana a more permanent one, and you have tension in many more ways than one. What I love about Murder on the Interstate is that it portrays older woman as being resourceful, intelligent, and nowhere close to kicking up their feet and letting the world pass them by. Dana and Sarah are both sixty years old. While they might need a nap here or there, they still manage to get involved in car chases, escape kidnappers,and be thorns in the sides of the bad guys. Dana and Sarah's friendship is wonderfully portrayed, and it's nice to see their similiarities and differences blended so well. If you're looking for adventure, if you're looking for a well-plotted mystery, if you're looking for a story with memorable characters, you don't need to look any further than Murder on the Interstate by Jean Henry Mead.
Murder on the Interstate starts out in cozy-mystery style with two retired ladies, amateur sleuths called Dana and Sarah, driving cross-country from California to Colorado. Two vehicles rush past them on the interstate, one crashes, and murder and mayhem ensue. A delightful trucker named Ruby proves to be as good at driving as she is at saving a load of cross-country vegetables. And Dana's daughter proves wise and resourceful at getting interviews. But the cozier aspects of the tale begin to evaporate as the list of suspects grows ever longer, more dangerous and more tortuous. The crime takes place in Arizona where illegal aliens, drugs and terrorists cross borders and ethical lines, and pretty girls get killed. Dialog carries accent and tone so pleasingly the reader might almost hear and see the characters. But the overtones of global threat and violence, sudden wide-reaching certainties, and the mix of high energy and need for sleep make this a somewhat unsettling read, the reader sometimes unsure whether to laugh or cry. That's true in real life too, I guess; though life in this novel takes both the back streets of everyday and the glorious mansions of coziness in its stride. Murder on the Interstate is Jean Henry Mead's third Logan & Cafferty Mystery, and Dana and Sarah are certainly intriguing and humorous protagonists leading fascinating lives. There's laughter, a touch of romance, family dynamics and a penchant for crashing cars, besides all the seriousness and danger in the tale. There are fascinating hints of the previous mysteries too, nicely explaining relationships, and there's enough fun to make me think I might like to read them. Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel to read and review as part of the author's blog tour.
The following blurbs/reviews have been received for Murder on the Interstate: "Careen into crime with two intrepid sleuths who outwit terrorists in a fast-paced plot taken from today's headlines. A page turner. " ~Carolyn Hart "Murder on the Interstate burns rubber right out of the gate and exceeds the speed limit on every page. With all the car chases, gun shots, screeching breaks, and crashes, the movie version could be the sequel to one of those car-heist action-films. Except for the fact that the protagonists are two women approaching Medicare, and their vehicle is a motorhome. Dana and Sarah are stalwart, clever and funny characters, and author Jean Henry Mead caroms them from one tight situation to another as they weave along the Interstate and into a high stakes mystery." ~J. Michael Orenduff, Lefty Award winning author of The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein "Full of surprising twists and turns, Jean Henry Mead has produced an RV adventure with her two senior sleuths in hot pursuit of a murderer, but the tables turn and the two women learn that not only are they in danger but so is our national security. An exciting mystery that will keep you turning pages." -F. M. Meredith, author of Angel Lost