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The Belen Hitch: A Sasha Solomon Mystery based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Talented author Pari Noskin Taichert offers another of her unique mysteries, a story with lots of mystery and a hint of the supernatural. A book any mystery buff will really enjoy. Sasha Solomon has a new job. She is simply going to interview people about whether they'd like to see an empty building in their small town become an art museum or a train museum. Among other things, she learns the building has a ghost. Will she be able to use that in her recommendation? The town is strongly divided between the two choices and it is causing a lot of friction. Things get even more complicated when Sasha goes to visit an old artist friend of her mother and finds her lying on the floor of her home. The lady has been murdered. The artist's work was controversial and she planned to endow the art museum with it and funds if it was the museum of choice. Because of her paintings, this artist had made many local enemied. Could one of them have killed her to keep the art museum from becoming a reality. Lifelike characters in this tale are of the many types found in a small town like Belen. Some are reclusive, some bigoted, some friendly, some suspicious of strangers--a great mix of personalities. As Sasha interviews them, she becomes aware of the undercurrents involved in the choice she faces in her report. Are either likely to succeed? As if finding a body wasn't enough, more problems crop up when the investigating officer decides he has to interview Sasha's mother who is living in a nursing home after a stroke that has left her memory impaired. Can she offer any help in solving the murder? Sasha feels her mother is in danger due to the old bond of friendship with the dead artist. Can she protect her and help catch a killer? Was it one of the locals? As things get complicated, you'll find yourself trying to figure out the identity of the killer and his or her motive. Lots of red herrings and side trips to keep you reading. Lots of suspects to meet. Highly recommended as a very enjoyable read for any reader. Enjoy. I sure did.
Free lance public relations consultant Sasha Solomon is hired by the New Mexican town of Belen to give her expert opinion on what to do with Harrow¿s House so that it would attract more tourists. One idea is to convert it into an art gallery featuring the paintings of local artist Phillipa Petty. Others want to turn the place into a bed and breakfast with a restaurant. When Sasha arrives in town she drives to Miss Petty¿s home only to find the woman dead. --- She takes a picture that is near the body featuring her Phillipa and an unknown man without telling the police what she did. Afterward she suffers from a very sore throat, the same affiliation suffered by police officers who were at the crime scene. The cops believe that they breathed in something poisonous that also killed Phillipa. Sasha¿s mother is recovering from a nursing home where someone is trying to kill her by giving her penicillin. Someone is also trying to frighten Sasha away from Belen because she is asking too many questions. She doesn¿t realize that the killer won¿t mind adding her to the head of the list of people he wants dead. --- The first book in this series earned the author an Agatha nomination, but this novel could go one step further. The support cast is made up of quirky characters that add humor to the tense storyline and make readers feel they are reading a family saga inside an amateur sleuth tale. Pari Noskin Taichert creates an atmospheric mystery that will send chills up the readers¿ spines. --- Harriet Klausner