INVISIBLE PATH by Marilyn Meredith
The body of a dead Indian is found on the Bear Creek Reservation and an outsider is quickly blamed for the death.
Deputy Tempe Crabtree is brought in to assist in the investigation. She soon learns the victim, who was quite popular, had plenty of enemies. It seems the victim, Danny Tofoya, had a run-in with Jesus Running Bear, who was dating Tofoya’s cousin, Jolie Tofoya. Most were surprised Tofoya was the victim instead of Running Bear. Tofoya was known to have a temper.
As Deputy Crabtree investigates, she learns Tofoya had also been searching for evidence of the Hairy Man, a Yokut legend. In his search for the legend to gain fame and fortune, Tempe believes Tofoya could have come across a militant para-military group gathering near the reservation.
Could Tofoya’s search for the Hairy Man got him killed, did he get to close to the militia group, or did he push ’a friend’ too far with his antics? As Deputy Crabtree gets close to the truth, the closer she gets to being the next victim.
Author Marilyn Meredith weaves a tale of murder, mayhem and Native American culture into an intriguing read, while also giving the reader a glimpse at Tempe’s home life. As you finish a chapter and think you can stop reading, the author drops just enough of a hint to make you want to read ’just one more chapter.’
The characters are realistic and the story flows quickly. There are twists and turns along the way to keep readers guessing who the real killer is.
INVISIBLE PATH is the ninth installment in the Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, but is a stand alone book. The adventures of Deputy Crabtree will peak your interest and have you reading the entire series, if you haven’t already.
Author Marilyn Meredith’s website is http://fictionforyou.com/ and she blogs at Marilyn’s Musings
Invisible Path, Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series by Marilyn Meredith, Mundania Press, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-60659-239-7, Paperback, 224 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and an e-book was sent to me by the author’s virtual book tour publicity director in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.