On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
Another book that was waiting on my Kindle.
Trail of Defects (Cold Springs Mysteries)
4th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Self Published (May 23, 2016)
Paperback: 260 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01G3XSOC8
This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. Crime waves in a small town can be confusing but it is especially daunting for Sheriff Hobson. It is unclear which side of the law his townspeople are on. Starting with an armed robbery of Kelly’s Lounge, elder abuse, and a runaway child, strange happenings pileup.
This story creates quite a trail between bar owner Kelly O’Connor, Edna Bristol, who is recovering from knee surgery and Sheriff Jim Hobson. Kelly’s was robbed outside his tavern. Edna’s daughter was killed when she came into town to check on her mother. Sheriff Hobson has a robbery and a murder to solve and that is a lot to handle in the little town. There may also be a case of elder abuse and a child goes missing. He and his deputies have their hands full.
Ms. Caudrell has created some very interesting characters, good ones and bad ones. Edna was a character that I found very engaging and she was someone I wanted to know better. Being disabled I could identify the trouble she was having being dependent on others during her recovery. Her cousin and caregiver, and I use that term very loosely, was something else. She really made my blood boil.
I liked the small town setting. Most everyone knows each other and tries to look out for one another when they can. Edna’s doctor and his staff really cared about her and were shocked when there were questions about her home care and when we daughter was killed they stepped up to help her not only with her knee recovery but her grief.
The story set a good pace with plenty of twists and a really unexpected turn. There were a slew of suspects until the clues started to fall intro place. The police didn’t have an easy time solving this one. The ending was satisfying and surprising to me but rang true to what would happen in a small town.
A solid mystery with believable characters that takes on a relevant issue. I enjoyed this story very much.
About The Author
I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now live in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.
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