Never guessing that their very lives might be in danger, well-to-do women come from all over the country to stay at guest ranches around Reno to establish the six weeks’ residency required for a quickie Nevada divorce in 1955.
When a Circle E Ranch guest dies after her Cadillac plunges off Mount Rose Highway, a mountain road between Lake Tahoe and Reno, Washoe County Deputy Sheriff Ben Cameron is assigned to investigate the accident. His inquiries lead him to question everyone at the Circle E, where he meets Mary, an attractive prospective divorcée from New York, who soon has an accident of her own. In the meantime, Ben’s case takes a turn as twisty as the Mount Rose Highway, and when Mary suffers a second accident, he quickly figures that someone is out to get her. Unless Ben can discover who’s targeting the out-of-towners, some of them won’t live long enough to have their day in court.
An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications. She is the author of Death by Association and Death by Design, both in her cozy series, the DIY Diva Mysteries.
Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout.
This was a really interesting read, I didn’t know about the quickie Nevada divorce scheme that women like these undertook.
The story is involving and the characters of Mary and Ben are empathetic and well written. Ben especially is well rounded and carries the plot.
The string of mysterious deaths and tragic accidents that plague the women seeking to be free of violent and cruel husbands, at first appear as sad coincidences but the dogged deputy is connecting the dots, making the plot twist and turn as it goes along.
If you like historical fiction and crime, this is perfect for you, the period detail helps shape the way the investigation goes which grounds it in the time and place.
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*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.