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Murder on the Interstate by Jean Henry Mead
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May 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: current_issues, cozy, mystery, relationships, suspense
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Murder on the Interstate starts out in cozy-mystery style with two retired ladies, amateur sleuths called Dana and Sarah, driving cross-country from California to Colorado. Two vehicles rush past them on the interstate, one crashes, and murder and mayhem ensue. A delightful trucker named Ruby proves to be as good at driving as she is at saving a load of cross-country vegetables. And Dana’s daughter proves wise and resourceful at getting interviews. But the cozier aspects of the tale begin to evaporate as the list of suspects grows ever longer, more dangerous and more tortuous.

The crime takes place in Arizona where illegal aliens, drugs and terrorists cross borders and ethical lines, and pretty girls get killed. Dialog carries accent and tone so pleasingly the reader might almost hear and see the characters. But the overtones of global threat and violence, sudden wide-reaching certainties, and the mix of high energy and need for sleep make this a somewhat unsettling read, the reader sometimes unsure whether to laugh or cry. That’s true in real life too, I guess; though life in this novel takes both the back streets of everyday and the glorious mansions of coziness in its stride.

Murder on the Interstate is Jean Henry Mead’s third Logan & Cafferty Mystery, and Dana and Sarah are certainly intriguing and humorous protagonists leading fascinating lives. There’s laughter, a touch of romance, family dynamics and a penchant for crashing cars, besides all the seriousness and danger in the tale. There are fascinating hints of the previous mysteries too, nicely explaining relationships, and there’s enough fun to make me think I might like to read them.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel to read and review as part of the author’s blog tour.

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