Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Trouble at the Red Pueblo

Today's book is a Spider Latham mystery by Liz Adair called, Trouble at the Red Pueblo.  I first read Liz Adair's books years ago and was creeped out by Cold River($2.99 on Amazon), The Mist of Quarry Harbor ($10. 49 on Amazon) and The Lodger: A Spider Latham Mystery  (in a good mystery way) that I never really forgot her plot lines.  They were that memorable.

The Trouble at Red Pueblo has all the things that set Liz Adair's books apart---great setting, memorable characters and a twisty mystery that will keep you turning pages to see how it all turns out.  Trouble at Red Pueblo is set near the Utah/Arizona border with the beautiful red rocks and exquisite mesas.  Coincidentally, on my trip to Arizona a few weeks back I noticed a large banner proclaiming that Ms. Adair's book launch would be there the next week. I was sorry to have missed it!

This book features Spider doing a favor for a friend and looking into some trouble at a museum.  Spider agrees to look into it, and him and his wife Laurie head up to the Red Pueblo.  When they get there they find a real mess on their hand. The museum is going under, but it has a lot of help---with frivolous lawsuits and claims against a cache the museum has, not to mention murder!  Spider and Laurie spend a lot of time trying to unravel it all and in so doing we come across a lot of great secondary characters. I loved Karam best I think, but all of the B cast had memorable traits.

The thing that makes this book stand out, however, is definitely the setting.  So well-described, it's as if you are there.  And the twists this book takes bumped it up from an afternoon read to an every=second-I-get-I'm-trying-to-finish this read.

So, if you're looking for a fun mystery that will keep you guessing, Trouble at the Red Pueblo is the book for you!  If this looks like a book you're interested in, you can click the title below and download it from Kindle for $4.99.

Trouble at the Red Pueblo (A Spider Latham Mystery Book 4)

 Here's the back copy:

When Deputy Sheriff turned private investigator Spider Latham is sent to help the Red Pueblo Museum, he doesn’t suspect it will cause a rift between his wife, Laurie, and himself.

Museum Director Martin Taylor is desperate, and his son Matt is angry. Some unknown person is bent on destroying the museum financially and is about to succeed. Things turn violent. It ends with someone’s skull bashed in with an Anasazi ax, and everyone has motive for the murder.

Can Spider untangle the web of secrecy and lies surrounding the museum before the Taylors lose it all? And in the process, can he save his own marriage?


Debra Erfert said...

What? Spider isn't a deputy sheriff any longer? What happened? I have the other three in the series, and didn't think there would be a fourth. Very cool!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

He's still a deputy sheriff, he's just got a bit of time off to do this favor for his friend. I think you'll really like this one if you've read the others. :)

Liz Adair said...

Thanks so much for reviewing Trouble at the Red Pueblo--and I think it's so cool you saw the banner hanging on the fence of the real Red Pueblo Museum. You'll have to be sure and stop on your next time through. In fact, call ahead and ask for Dixon to give you the tour. He'll tell you how he found 'the cache.'

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

I definitely will, Liz. Thanks!