"Exciting police procedural"
Not that many people start life anew at fifty-four,
but Claire Gray is one person who did. Claire was once the
toast of Broadway as an award winning director and
playwright, but relocates to Palm Desert to manage the
Desert Arts College Theater. Mega-millionaire Glenn Yeats
recruited the most talented people including Claire to
chair the departments at the school.
At a welcoming party hosted by Glenn, Claire meets and
hits it off with fellow chair Paul Huron and his wife
Jodie. When Paul needs a ride from airport, Claire
volunteers to take him. Upon arriving at his home, they
find Jodie dead with her valuable wedding ring missing.
Claire becomes obsessed with the case and soon proves quite
competent at finding clues; She is so good the lead
investigator officially adds her to his team.
While it seems implausible for a police officer to
allow a civilian to help in a homicide case, the heroine's
mindset and actions will make believers out of readers.
Michael Craft provides an intense tale with appealing
characters that the audience will want back in future
novels. DESERT AUTUMN appears to be the first novel on
what has the potential for being a great series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001