"Beauty of Alaska inside a strong mystery"
Dog musher Jessie Arnold has not had an easy time of it
lately. Four months ago, she broke up with her significant
other, State Trooper Alex when he moved to Idaho and she
didn't want to leave Alaska nor commit to a marriage when
she guarded her independence. Three months ago, a serial
arsonist burnt down her log cabin located in a remote area
eight miles from the small town of Wasilla in Matunuska
Now that the long days of summer are nearly here, work is
getting underway to build Jessie a bigger and better log
cabin complete with a basement. When they excavate the
hole that will house the foundation, Jessie finds a
skeleton buried in one of the dirt walls. The police also
find a gold butterfly pendant near the remains, which
belong to the victim of one of Alaska's most violent serial
killers. The pendant links up to a copycat killing that
are going on today and Jessie finds herself once again in
Sue Henry brings to life the beauty and the camaraderie of
living in Alaska to such a degree that readers will want to
hop a plane to visit our forty-ninth state. The protagonist
embodies the spirit of Alaska, a person who is fiercely
independent, wants her way, and will bend but not break.
The mystery itself is a well-drawn puzzle, impossible to
fathom until all the pieces click neatly into place.
Readers of COLD COMPANY will enjoy the latest installment
in this long running series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2002