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Savage Cut (Ruby Crane #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  5 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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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 4 of 5 stars
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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.
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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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.
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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