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Publisher's Summary

Book two of the Shandra Higheagle Native American Mystery series.
Murder...deceit...greed....
Shandra Higheagle is digging up clay for her renowned pottery when she scoops up a boot attached to a skeleton. She calls in Weippe County detective Ryan Greer. The body is decades old and discovered to be Shandra's employee's old flame.
Ryan immediately pegs Shandra's employee for the murderer, but Shandra knows in her heart that the woman everyone calls Crazy Lil couldn't have killed anyone, let alone a man she loved.
Digging up the woman's past takes them down a road of greed, miscommunication, and deceit. Will they be able to prove Crazy Lil innocent before the true murderer strikes again?
For fans of:


Cozy mystery romance series
Mystical fiction
Amateur sleuth mystery
Small town mystery and suspense series
Western romance mystery

©2015 Patricia Jager (P)2017 Patricia Jager
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By musiqmom (K Templeton) on 01-11-18

Wonderful Mystery

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While digging up clay for her pottery, Shandra Higheagle digs up a skeleton. She calls detective Ryan Greer so he can come to investigate this discovery. The body turns out to be Shandra’s employee, Lil’s, old boyfriend who went missing decades earlier. Shandra is happy to reconnect with Ryan but she isn’t happy that Lil is his prime suspect. Shandra can’t help but get involved in the investigation. Can the real murder be found after all this time?

This is the 2nd book but my first experience with this series. I am really happy I gave this book a chance, the mystery works well as a stand-alone book. I will definitely read more from this series. The plot of the book has a great pace and is filled with red herrings to keep you guessing until the end. Along with the great plot, the book has interesting characters, a touch of romance, and a hint of paranormal.

Narrator Ann M. Thompson is a great asset to this book. She has a wonderful voice for the character and really brought them to life. She was easily understood and kept a great pace as a storyteller.

I was given a copy of this book in hopes I would submit a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 09-20-17

A buried body leads to adventure

Shandra Higheagle is digging up clay for her artwork when she uncovers the boot and then leg of a long-buried body in Tarnished Remains by Paty Jager. Calling her friend, Detective Ryan Greer, Shandra is happy to reconnect with the man with whom she had felt a connection in her previous encounter with the law. The archaeologists called in to dig up the body determine that the body is that of Johnny, the former boyfriend of Shandra's employee, known to all around as "Crazy Lil." She thought that he had abandoned her when it turns out that he had been dead all this time.

This book comes across as a light mystery but was a delight to listen to. I enjoyed getting to see the solution unfold, partly through the assistance of Shandra's deceased grandmother, who sends her dreams to give her guidance. It is interesting that it is the Irish detective who trusts the dreams more than the half- Native American Shandra. Having been forbidden from knowing about her native heritage by her step-father, Shandra explores her own past and gains a greater knowledge of her own self. I also enjoyed the growing romance between Shandra and Ryan. I appreciated the details of the development of the characters in the book.

Ann M. Thompson performs the audio edition of the book, and I liked the job she does in bringing the book to life. She helps to keep the book moving and making its creativity real.

I enjoyed Tarnished Remains a lot. The book moves enjoyably and has good details about Shandra's personal life exploration and discovery. I give this book four stars.


Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way influenced the content of my review.

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