It was pure luck that police chief Josie Gray spotted the car, abandoned out in the desert off Scratchgravel Road. If she hadn't stopped to investigate, then she'd never have found the young woman, lying nearly dead of heatstroke on the sand - and the corpse of an older, Mexican man beside her. Cassidy Harper may be grateful to Josie for saving her life, but she still can't explain why she was out for a walk in the midday desert heat, let alone how she happened upon the body. And once Josie sees the ominous wounds on the man's arms, she knows she needs to find the answer fast, because the evidence points to a death that is not only unnatural, but could be the first of many.
Set in the unique world of small-town Texas, Scratchgravel Road confirms Tricia Fields's place as a talented new mystery author and chronicler of the Southwest.
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Absolutely. It is chock full of a good set of characters, good plot, fast-paced, with even some modern forensics thrown in. Can't speak for the whole series, but this one was very modern in topic, dealing with nuclear waste as a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Josie Gray is the sheriff of a small Texas town near the border, and she uses a good balance of know-how for the job and interesting interactions with other characters. One nice thing about this book, is that since it is book 2 in a series (and book 1 not yet available), I wondered if it would be confusing to catch up on who's who and what occurred in the past. The author did a nice job of blending in the necessary info without it being overly obvious that that was what she was doing, so it all felt very smooth in that regard.
This is a very good book, if you like mysteries that move along, but still develop the characters very well. The narrator is quite good as well. She does a better than average job of creating men's voices in my opinion, which can be tricky for some female narrators. None of the characters sounded forced or off-putting in any way.
Holds your attention to the end. Highly recommend!
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."