Five Stars! I loved this whodunnit.
Deputy Sheriff, Spider Latham takes time off to go the Red Pueblo Museum for a friend to find out who is behind the efforts to wreck the museum financially. His wife Laurie goes along for the trip and, unsuspectingly they find themselves, and the community, up against a murderer.
It is quite awhile since I have come across such a huge group of valid suspects! There are a dozen possible perps and as many motives. Love, rejection, greed, ambition, desperation, hate, jealousy. The depths are well plumbed and the characters are real and recognisable. There is as least one character there just for the humour and warm eccentricity. So many of them are just plain real.
The raw Western US setting is described by an author with a great love of the country and a marvellous sense of place and history. The blood and the sex is subtly understated, which is a trait that suits me well. She has an equally fine ability to tune a mystery to the last surprising twist, but what I found overwhelming was the warm humanity of her principal protagonist, and his vulnerability to self doubt.
After never having heard of LIZ ADAIR, I now cannot wait to get my hands on more of her whodunnit stories.
My review is a Thank You to her free promo for the eBook copy.