Looking for another series to explore, I picked up author Paty Jager’s “Double Duplicity,” the first book of her Shandra Higheagle Mysteries. The plot focuses on the murder of a highly unlikable gallery owner in a resort town. A talented and beautiful potter, Shandra Higheagle uses visions supplied by her late Native American grandmother to help a predictably hunky cop solve the crime.
Yep, the book is as much romance as mystery, but that would be an asset if its characters were more consistently developed. Or if the murder victim was more sympathetic. Or if the intricate plot moved faster. Or if the writing were competent.
By the end of the book, I was ready to write off Shandra Higheagle. But my Kindle version also included the first chapter from the second book of the series “Tarnished Remains.” I gave it a try—and what a difference. The characters were suddenly engaging, the action lively, and prose markedly tighter and more professional. So I’ll give this series another chance. Only ten more books to go.