Well, it’s time to buckle up for another thrill-packed ride for any reader of New York Times best-selling author, J.A. Jance, and to treat yourself to another Arizona mystery. For the few mystery reading folks who haven’t yet discovered this author with more than 21 million books in print – it’s about time!

As usual, someone is in deep trouble. Charles Milton, a man driven by an uncontrollable compulsion, hunts vulnerable young women on the rodeo circuit. He manages to abduct, murder and dispose of his victims without leaving a trace – and he targets Indigenous women, knowing their disappearances often go overlooked by law enforcement.

Field officer Dan Pardee is assigned a cold case involving Rosa Rios, an Apache woman who disappeared three years ago. After human remains found in Cochise County are identified as Rosa’s, Dan teams up with Sheriff Joanna Brady to reopen the case. Because he is the son of a murdered Indigenous woman himself, Dan is hell-bent on finding the killer. Joanna’s daughter, Jennifer, also becomes involved in the case, because of her connection with Rosa from their rodeo days and unofficially joins the investigation. And things are just beginning!

But you’ll have to wait until the book is released on Tuesday, Sept. 19, before finding out more — and even better on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m., J.A. Jance herself will be at the Prescott Valley Public Library to talk about her new mystery and to sign copies that we will be selling on the site (as well as in the store).

Join us there!

-Reviewed by Susan Lang, Peregrine

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