After a human corpse from a gruesome murder is discovered at the Carlton County Feed Yard, Sheriff Sam Abbott, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her deputy husband know their resources are going to be overstretched. Still, none of their team or the neighboring law enforcement in western Kansas welcomes the idea of a regional crime center.
KBI agent Dimon suggests the murder may not be a simple local affair. Unconvinced, Lottie - still director of the historical society - calls for stories from families whose ancestors were part of groups colonizing Kansas, hoping to uncover information for the investigation. Doña Francesca Diaz, the elderly head of one such clan, arrives at the society with her great-granddaughter. It turns out that the murder victim was Francesca's great-grandson Victor. Francisca insists she knows why Victor was killed, claiming to have ancient documents that can clarify everything.
At Doña Francesca's invitation, Lottie visits the Diaz property and gets several surprises. In a drought-ridden area, the land is lush; there are hints of a mysterious family treasure; and Francesca, a fabled curandera with terribly damaged hands, seeks an heir for her herbal knowledge and folk medicine skills. With Victor dead and his sister vowing to become a nun, Francesca has selected Lottie. Reluctant yet fascinated, Lottie agrees. And that's just the first step into generations of a family history fraught with tension and emotional distress. Will it also hold the key to murder and other terrible crimes?
©2013 Charlotte Hinger (P)2013 AudioGO
The Lottie Albright books are wonderful mysteries set in Western Kansas. The rich history and western strength and independence flows through the pages. I can't wait for book 4!
The Who-Dun-It is always a surprise in the Lottie books! It's heart racing thrilling at the end!
She sounds like Lottie!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Great listen! Good mystery which includes family tension, history built into the storyline, but not boring. This is not terror, but an evolution of facts and history which are finally linked together.
Absolutely, author knows how to tell a good mystery. This was a listen worth the time, which lately, have not been the case with all the FSOG stories coming out.
Gads, Karen White just plain brings out the richness of all the characters! Of course, my favorite was hubby Keith, very sexy. The author in a few words describes him and sets the tone. This is a good writer or she had a good editor. Karen can understand an author very well and can execute their work in such a way to make a listen a non-stop. I purchased book as it had Karen as a reader. I now will buy the other stories by this author read by Karen.
yes, the story had some twists that made me want to listen all in a day, which I did.
I hope you have a good time listening to this story as I did. It had who done it clues and "get 'er done" commitment from all the crime fighters.
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