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Savage Cut (Ruby Crane #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
After an auto accident that left her husband dead and her daughter injured, Ruby Crane leaves her job as a graphologist with a detective agency in California. Retreating to the peaceful Michigan town where she grew up seems the best course to help her daughter heal. But Ruby's unique crime-solving expertise is put to the test in the case of her life when a murderous scheme ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Dell
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Dec 31, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read every Miss Zukas book in that series, and was disappointed when it ended. So it was time to move on, since I *do* like the way Jo Dereske writes. This book is the first in another series. It introduces a heroine, Ruby Crane. Ruby returns to her roots in upper Michigan with an injured child in tow, regrouping. Only... the plot twists to include murder... and she is drawn in like the curious cat. In the process of trying to find the truth, Ruby finds herself and her daughter in danger. ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Josephine rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I'm something of an odd duck, I know, because I prefer these three books to Dereske's Miss Zukas series, although I respect Dereske's decision not to write more where there's no inspiration. Better to stop at three when the contract ends than to push for more books just because your fans want them.

Not surprisingly, this being the first of three, there's a bit more background and character development than the later two: Ruby Crane brings her injured teenaged daughter back to the small town where
Jun 22, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed this mystery. The characters were interesting, and I enjoyed the setting in Michigan in autumn. The framework reminded me a little bit of the Arly Hanks mysteries, but there isn't the biting small-town humor here. It was a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
Mar 20, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it
I'd enjoyed the oddness of Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas mysteries. Well, and being a librarian doesn't hurt.... So when I found this earlier series, I picked up the first one, Savage Cut.

I really think it is better than the Miss Zukas series! A women leaves her California lift to return to her rural Michigan roots with her daughter, injured in a car accident. Shortly upon getting there, her childhood best friend's husband is killed in a sawmill accident. And the bad news keeps coming.

These characters
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Dec 27, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
A single mother moves her kid to the lake town in the upper midwest where her family spent many a summer. She's a handwriting expert and works freelance for detectives.
Soon she is embroiled in a mystery close to home though, involving illegal logging. Not a bad entry into the genre, but I prefer the Miss Zukas ones by the same auther.
Jan 24, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
i liked the location; really enjoyed the forgery detection component.
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I grew up in rural Michigan, greatly influenced by my Lithuanian roots. I'm one of those tedious people who wanted to write stories as soon as I learned to read, but believed I had to leave Michigan first. In fact, I couldn't wait to shake off that Michigan dust! Curiously, everything I write seems to have a connection to Michigan or my Lithuanian heritage.
I now live in the beautiful foothills of

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