At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing girl hiker on the Q.T, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.
But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda's attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree's true motives become near impossible as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.
Tarot cards left on Cloris' doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl's fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to "Tower Time" as this twisty tale continues to run its course.
|Publisher:||Milford House Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Miranda Davis is a realtor and manager of a bar in the little town of Black Mountain. It’s the off season and not much is happening until Cloris Raintree asks her to look into the disappearance of a missing female hiker. She asks her partner and writer Harry to help her. But things go sideways and Miranda starts having trouble with Cloris and finds that there is a lot more happening than just a missing hiker. This is a great mystery that had me guessing at what was really happening. Part of that was because Miranda is a bumbling and scattered detective so I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story and figuring out what was going on. But once things got on a roll I was sucked in and held tight until the reveal. A couple great twists and turns had me thrown off balance and guessing the whole time. This is the first book from Shelly Frome that I have read but I am curious at his other books. This is a great mystery and one I recommend checking out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Right from the beginning Miranda had me going in circles. She’s disorganized and going in several directions at once. This is why I keep lists. LOL And like her, I work more than one job. This all helped me to connect with her quickly and I had some laughs as she would her way through this mystery. About the mystery. At first I was confused, not sure just what was occurring. Then, things started coming together and making sense, the suspense ramped up, some surprise twists were dropped on me and the mystery became something I had to solve. Wish I could have been there with Miranda. I could see us having some laughs, throwing our hands up in exasperation and putting our heads together to sort things out. I’m always a bit worried when I try a new author. Will I like their writing? Will their characters be genuine and will I be able to connect with them? Will I enjoy the plot? Shelly Frome fairly quickly put my worries to rest and I had fun reading Moon Games. He’s now on my to read again author’s list.