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Camelback Falls (David Mapstone Mystery #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When his friend Peralta, newly sworn in as sheriff, is shot by a sniper, historian-turned-deputy-sheriff David Mapstone can't keep a cool, academic distance. And he'd better not: while Peralta lies comatose in the hospital, the powers-that-be appoint Mapstone acting Sheriff in his place. Peralta feels unqualified, but he's the only person whose temporary appointment won't ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 6th 2003)
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george burns
Aug 12, 2014 george burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good But Too Much

At its core this is a fine mystery: fast moving and full of twists. The newly elected sheriff is shot before he is swore in and becomes comatose. His protege, David Mapstone, is made acting sheriff. It soon becomes clear that the seeds of the crime were sown twenty years earlier and involve dirty cops who remain active and homicidal. Who to trust? Unfortunately, realism is sacrificed with people who are too beautiful, too handsome and too bad. Worse, Mapstone sees his role as a
julie a storm

I found this to be an entertaining read. I would recommend it.
Kept me reading to see how it ended.
Jun 01, 2014 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Great series. It helps that I really like Phoenix, AZ, but the plots of the two books I've read so far are a bit different that the usual, I like the characters, and the author develops the characters and the story convincingly. Hope there are more to come...
Mar 02, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Mapstone is put in as acting Sheriff while new Sheriff Peralta is in critical condition because of an attempted assassination on him. Mapstone gets involved solving the case of his long time friend. He finds a connection to the attempted murder with a shoot out Peralta and he were involved in twenty years ago when they were partners on the force. Lots of twist in turns in the plot. It's an exciting read. It's a definite read if you live in the Phoenix area or are familiar with it. I live ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon has a long-term relationship with Phoenix and his growing list of mysteries is as much a series of essays on life, crime, and urban development in Arizona as it is a set of who-done-its. He also has a blog about Arizona he writes from his current home in the Pacific Northwest Camelback Falls a good page turner. Keeps you reading and guessing up until the end. Good book for your summer sit-by-the-pool-with-a-cool-one reading list.
Oct 13, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series set in Phoenix with a historian working for the Maricopa County Sheriff's. The author takes opportunities to talk about the history of buildings or specific areas while solving a cold case with impact to the present. In this one, David's friend takes on the job of Sheriff and then is shot. Common opinion in the sheriff's department is that a recent prison escapee is responsible but all is not as it seems.
Barbara B.
What fun to read a novel that takes place right here in Phoenix! The author is a former reporter for the local newspaper. The story is very good and when there are descriptions of areas or street names, I can visualize right where it is. Plus----and that's a big plus for me----he follows a character!
Jan 08, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always fun to read a book that takes place somewhere you are familiar with. A good light read.
Jersey Joe
Jun 10, 2013 Jersey Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a step up from the first book in the series. David Mapstone finds himself as acting sheriff investigating the attempted murder of the new sheriff, his old partner. He has to recall and revisit a disturbing event they both shared some twenty years before.
Kathy Pool
Jun 24, 2013 Kathy Pool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd in the David Mapstone mystery series. Excellent sense of place, along with the comparison to Phoenix's early years.
Denis Barlow
Feb 14, 2013 Denis Barlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, nice to be taken on a tour of Phoenix.
Sep 27, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another David Mapstone
Jim Bremser
Sep 27, 2007 Jim Bremser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
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Jon Talton is the author of the David Mapstone novels, which follow the adventures of a historian-turned-deputy, working the mean streets of the urban West.

Jon's first novel, "Concrete Desert," was hailed by Kirkus as "an impressive debut." The Washington Post said it "is more intelligent and rewarding than most contemporary mysteries." The series has continued with "Camelback Falls," "Dry Heat,"
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