A woman is strangled and shot. She was last seen alive at a casino near Santa Fe. Forensic Psychologist Jemimah Hodge is on the case, as is her new boyfriend, Sheriff Rick Romero. The trail has already grown cold when another woman is murdered under similar circumstances. The first dead woman left behind a disgruntled ex-spouse but no other obvious suspects. Gilda Humphreys, the second victim, is another story. First there is her househusband, then there are all her co-workers … It seems no one is shedding a tear for Gilda. While going through Gilda's field notes, Jemimah discovers that the woman was experiencing a sexual renaissance. Could one of her lovers have killed her? Then there is Tim McCabe's treasure hunt. A wealthy gallery owner and collector, McCabe has buried a chest filled with valuable coins and jewelry and challenged the public to find it. When Gilda wasn't dressing down her co-workers or dallying with lovers, she was searching for McCabe's treasure. Was it greed that killed Gilda? A scorned lover or vengeful co-worker? With so many suspects and so few clues, Rick and Jemimah face one of the most challenging cases of their careers. Treasure Among the Shadows is the third book in Jemimah Hodge Murder Mystery series.
About the Author
Marie Romero Cash was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to a family that would eventually number seven children, and has lived there most of her life. After graduating from Santa Fe High School, she took a job as a legal secretary, a field that would provide a lifetime of employment. But then, in her mid-thirties, she discovered the traditional arts of northern New Mexico. After twenty years of creating award-winning art, she began to write about it, but decided she needed a higher education to do so. At fifty she enrolled in college and, five years later, graduated with a degree in Southwest Studies. In 1998, she received the prestigious Javits Fellowship to pursue her education. Since then Marie has written several books about the art and culture of the southwest, including a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe. Marie has written three books in the Jemimah Hodge Mystery Series: Shadows among the Ruins, Deadly Deception, and Treasure among the Shadows. You can find Marie on the Web at MarieRomeroCash.camelpress.com.
Read an Excerpt
The tangerine glow brushed the mountain tops in the final moments of the sunset. Gilda had been tapping markers into the trees for over an hour to document her progress in the canyon. She leaned over to pick up her backpack. The crackling of leaves startled her. She could make out the silhouette of a man moving toward her. A look of anguish spread over her face as he came within a foot of her. She frantically reached for her cellphone.
He pulled a guitar wire from his inside pocket.
She gasped. "What …"
Inches from her she stared into the blank look in the deep wells of darkness that were his eyes. His breath was rank and heavy.
Her voice trembled. "Please. Don't hurt me."
He pushed his face into hers. "Nobody's going to hear you."
Gilda lurched forward. He grabbed her arm and pulled her back, knocking her to her knees. He squeezed the cord around her neck as she struggled to get free. He reached under his coat. The bullet shattered her head. A cloud of smoke filled the air around her as her lifeless body dropped to the ground.
He dragged her to the edge of the river and rolled her over the embankment, waiting for the splash. Looking over the ledge, he discovered she had fallen into a boat tangled in the bushes and roared with laughter.
"Would you look at that? Perfect three point landing."
The stranger retrieved his gear, clicked on his flashlight and made his way down the hill where his car was parked behind a clump of chamisa. He was in no hurry. The job was done.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How do you go from one murder with no clues, to two murders with ever so few clues as to who dunnit? With Marie Romero Cash's mystery, Treasure Among the Shadows, you will find out how it's done and inevitably who dunnit! What a read this was..Part One of the book was a wordy read and provided a lot of background information. But with the beginning of the second part of the book, things got quite dicey and maintained high interest on the part of the reader. Chapters were told in third person by varying characters within the book and it was like watching a puzzle be put together...one small piece at a time. Characters were well developed, from Sheriff Rick Romero and Dr, Jemimah Hodge to Gilda Humphries and Tim McCabe. McCabe, a rich retiree and land owner and his friend Burke decided to bury a treasure. McCabe published a book with a poem and hidden clues throughout the book and the buried treasure was bound to be found by someone with time and perserverance on their side. So why not Gilda, the state archaeologist? She had as much of a chance at finding it as anyone. As for the Sheriff and Dr Hodge, the forensic psychologist, had an equally daunting task of solving two murders. Theories abounded, but proof positive was another thing altogether, until the crucial piece of the puzzle fell into place. Although Gilda was a malcontent and therefore grumpy with everyone she came in contact with, I felt sorrow at her demise. No one seemed to care. No one shed a tear for her. It was a good mystery read and quite an enjoyable read. Once I got into part two of the book, it was quite difficult to set it aside. Thank you Ms Cash for an excellent mystery read!
This is a nice little mystery for a summer read. It seems highly improbable but, in a case of the truth is stranger than fiction, there really is a buried treasure out there waiting for someone to follow the clues and find it. A friend of the author's, a restaurant owner wrote a memoir called The Thrill of the Chase in which there are subtle clues to a million dollar treasure he would hide. His name is Forrest Fenn. Hence this Jemimah Hodge mystery, the plot of which centers around a buried treasure and clues in a book written by one of the men who hid it. This spurs all kinds of interest by countless people, some of whom actually go out searching for the treasure but in all the wrong places. Greed, of course, leads to murder. Jem Hodge is a forensic psychologist and her new boyfriend is Sheriff's Deputy Rick Romero. Both are very likable, smart detectives but they have two murders to solve and both have them stumped. One of the victims is a homeless prostitute, but the other lives in a higher station in life. It's this second victim that gives me pause. I found that character's life and death a little beyond my powers of belief. Regardless, I thought what the heck, it's summer and this is a fun premise, so I'll just go along with the flow. Sometimes I think I'm looking for too much veracity in a simple novel. Once I stopped nit-picking, I enjoyed the book. There is a lot of description of western scenery and a little about Indian ruins that piqued my interest. I'm always looking for someone to fill the enormous shoes of Tony Hillerman. This isn't it; I don't think anyone can replace Hillerman, but still this is set in New Mexico and there are Indian artifacts involved. Recommended Source: Partners in Crime Book Tour
Marie Romero Cash in her new book, “Treasure Among The Shadows” Book Three in the Jemimah Hodge Mystery series published by Camel Press gives us another mystery with Jemimah Hodge. From the back cover: A woman is strangled and shot. She was last seen alive at a casino near Santa Fe. Forensic Psychologist Jemimah Hodge is on the case, as is her new boyfriend, Sheriff Rick Romero. The trail has already grown cold when another woman is murdered under similar circumstances. The first dead woman left behind a disgruntled ex-spouse but no other obvious suspects. Gilda Humphreys, the second victim, is another story. First there is her househusband, then there are all her co-workers … It seems no one is shedding a tear for Gilda. While going through Gilda’s field notes, Jemimah discovers that the woman was experiencing a sexual renaissance. Could one of her lovers have killed her? Then there is Tim McCabe’s treasure hunt. A wealthy gallery owner and collector, McCabe has buried a chest filled with valuable coins and jewelry and challenged the public to find it. When Gilda wasn’t dressing down her co-workers or dallying with lovers, she was searching for McCabe’s treasure. Was it greed that killed Gilda? A scorned lover or vengeful co-worker? With so many suspects and so few clues, Rick and Jemimah face one of the most challenging cases of their careers. Treasure Among the Shadows is the third book in Jemimah Hodge Murder Mystery series. Here’s a mystery worthy of Jemimah Hodge: how did I not know of the first two books in this series? Ms. Cash has given us a police procedural, murder mystery that has been sorely lacking in the mystery genre. Jemimah Hodge and Sheriff Rick Romero are a great team and the two of them remind me a lot of “McCloud” from the old TV show, maybe because he was from Taos, New Mexico also. There are two murders that our team needs to solve, one without suspects and one with plenty. ”Treasure Among The Shadows” is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Jemimah and Rick are trying to identify the killer. ”Treasure Among The Shadows” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Cash has provided us with a great character in Jemimah Hodge and I am going to correct my earlier mistake and go and get the first two books to hold me over until the next book in this series comes out. IDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
3 STARS This is book 3 of Jemimah's Mystery Treasure among the Shadows sounds good and I was getting all ready for a treasure hunt mystery and ended being a murder mystery, police procedure mystery so was a little disappointed that way. I think if I realized right away it was more murder than treasure would have enjoyed it more. I saw a few errors in book. talking about Jemimah's background said her father left Mormon church and joined a cult and later said she was excommunicated from Mormon church. It should have been from the cult not Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(Mormons). (my personal bias) I love the idea two guys got together and made a treasure hunt. Wish it would have had less about that idea or a lot more. Personally Should right another with people hunting it the focus. The woman who died in the casino kind of gotten loss in the story. How did the journals get back in her house hidden? I thought she left for the week. Maybe I missed that part. It kept my attention and was interesting would be willing to read another book by Marie and see what that story is. I liked some of the characters and wish their was a little more of their off time life so we can connect more to the characters. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Librarything Early Review program. Published June 1st 2013 by Camel Press 310 pages ISBN13: 9781603819077