Extracting precious gas from a deposit in North Carolina is a dirty, dangerous job. Geologist Cleo Cooper won't let the distraction of a dead body found near the drill sight interrupt her focusuntil the county sheriff Cleo never wanted to see again arrives on the scene.
Twenty-five years ago, tragedy fell on Cleo's family, creating a rift between her and her father that has never healed. And Sheriff Clyde Stuckey was the cause. Now Cleo can't help but remember the painful events she thought were buried by history as she tries to steer clear of a powerful man who's hell-bent on making her suffer.
"A compelling mystery full of near-misses and scientific wisecracks."Library Journal
"A fun tale where the reader will love following Cleo on her quest to find the killer."Suspense Magazine
"Mims' heroine and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters."Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Debut author Lee Mims holds a master's and bachelor's degree in geology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and once worked as a field geologist. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Currently a popular wildlife artist, Hiding Gladys is her debut novel. She lives in Raleigh, N.C. Visit the author online at LeeMims.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the third book in the Cleo Cooper series. The main character is so real to me that it is hard to put the book down. I was on vacation when I got the book and read it in three days between sitting at the pool and reading far into the night. Cleo is planning her re-marriage to her ex-husband, Bud, and their children, Henri and Will, are planning the big day. That should be enough for one person but Cleo is also overseeing the drilling of a well for fracking and like all projects that Cleo gets involved in, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Between problems at the drill site, making a historical find and bringing up a 25 year old family issue, there is plenty of things to keep this story lively. To top it all off, Cleo’s car which she won’t give up for anything has been wrecked. Oh yes, we can’t forget about Henri. She is known for going through boyfriends but has become attached to a detective who is working on the case of a body Cleo found in the woods when she was surveying for the next well site. This case also includes the sheriff involved in the family issue. I think I have covered everything that is happening in this book. It has a lot happening but it is easy to keep who’s who straight. I won’t give away the story but there was a twist that I didn’t see coming but I loved it. I know the author isn’t planning on writing any more Cleo Cooper books in the near future but the ending was left so she could pick up the story again. I, for one, hope she does. I love Cleo and her family would like to see how things go after the ending of this story,