"A warm regional mystery"
In Three Mountain Township, Kentucky, Methodist
Minister Dan Thompson and Constable Ray Hall attend the
funeral of Geraldine Shrewbridge. Although the senior
citizen peacefully died in her sleep, funeral director
LeRoy Whiteker asks the two men to take a close look at the
corpse of Jonah Haycatcher, who died when he fell off his
tractor and was run over by the disk. LeRoy shows his two
visitors a bullet hole in the back of Jonah's head.
Ray changes Jonah's death from accident to homicide and
begins an investigation into the man's background. He
quickly learns that Jonah has had a previous alias and had
a belief that he was a reincarnation of the Prophet with
Nineveh being DC. Because Jonah moved here not that long
ago with his flock, the Children of the Lamb of God, Ray
enlists Dan to help on the investigation in case religious
questions surface. This case alone is difficult enough,
but the duo also has to contend with a DEA agent who is
busting half the county for growing weed.
CRIMSON CREEK is a warm regional mystery that focuses
on life in Appalachia Kentucky. The story line stars a
warm protagonist who has fallen from grace and is exiled to
Three Mountain Township where he regains some of his lost
esteem. The who-done-it is entertaining, but the tale
belongs to the various characters living in this hilly
county as they make the constable and the minister seem
like real people involved in a murder mystery.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 21, 2001