The small town of Cold Springs, Colorado is not prepared for the crime wave that hits. The armed robbery of Kelly's Lounge outside of town starts the ball rolling and problems escalate. To add to Sheriff, Jim Hobson's problems a young girl runs away from home.
About the Author
Sara Caudell grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where she learned to judge beef on the hoof and under plastic wrap. After moving around the country for her husband’s career and catching college courses as she could, she finally found herself in one place long enough to finish her degree. She was an artist, raised three children,managed offices, and started her own business beforeweaving her stories and experiences into novels. She nowlives in central Texas with her patient husband and fourcats. In her spare time she does genealogy research andnurses orphan kittens and injured cats for the local animalshelter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dollycas’s Thoughts This story creates quite a trail between bar owner Kelly O’Connor, Edna Bristol, who is recovering from knee surgery and Sheriff Jim Hobson. Kelly’s was robbed outside his tavern. Edna’s daughter was killed when she came into town to check on her mother. Sheriff Hobson has a robbery and a murder to solve and that is a lot to handle in the little town. There may also be a case of elder abuse and a child goes missing. He and his deputies have their hands full. Ms. Caudrell has created some very interesting characters, good ones and bad ones. Edna was a character that I found very engaging and she was someone I wanted to know better. Being disabled I could identify the trouble she was having being dependent on others during her recovery. Her cousin and caregiver, and I use that term very loosely, was something else. She really made my blood boil. I liked the small town setting. Most everyone knows each other and tries to look out for one another when they can. Edna’s doctor and his staff really cared about her and were shocked when there were questions about her home care and when we daughter was killed they stepped up to help her not only with her knee recovery but her grief. The story set a good pace with plenty of twists and a really unexpected turn. There were a slew of suspects until the clues started to fall intro place. The police didn’t have an easy time solving this one. The ending was satisfying and surprising to me but rang true to what would happen in a small town. A solid mystery with believable characters that takes on a relevant issue. I enjoyed this story very much.
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite When Kelly O’Conner is robbed at gunpoint after his lounge has closed for the night, strange happenings in the small town of Cold Springs, Colorado have just begun. Sheriff Jim Hobson and his deputies are also called in to solve other puzzling events. There is the murder of Caroline Bristol Archer, the daughter who has flown out from Seattle to deal with the neglectful caretaker of her mother, Edna Bristol. This caretaker, Joyce Hunter, and her seemingly troubled adolescent daughter, Tiffany, may present a danger to the recuperating Edna. Then there is the horse missing from his owner’s locked pasture and found in another’s pasture. Add to the list eleven-year-old Angie, who has run away from home. Trail of Defects: A Cold Springs Mystery, written by Sara Caudell, connects these enigmatic events and each mystery is solved, one by one. This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. The author has developed an interesting cast of characters, and sometimes it is unclear who is on the right side of the law, and who are the criminals. The reader may suspect someone of devious deeds, only to discover this person has the best of intentions; this keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. Author Sara Caudell has written an enjoyable mystery in Trail of Defects: A Cold Springs Mystery. This is part of a series, and many readers will want to follow the adventures of the citizens of this charming and adventurous, town. This is a fun, entertaining summer read.