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BLACK LIKE BLOOD
RUSS HALL
ISBN# (13) 978-0-373-26583-1 and (10) 0-373-26583-2
November 2006
Harlequin Mystery/Worldwide
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 3K9 Canada
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
348 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Esbeth Walters believes even in her 70’s, one is never too old to learn something new, so she decides to take the part-time dispatchers job at the Sheriff’s Department. Of course, she had no idea that after taking the job the mayor of the town would be murdered. The retired high school math teacher is about to find herself surrounded in the secrets.

Tillis Macrory, a Texas Ranger who lives more or less a hermit’s life, knows about the rumors of the lost diamonds. He has his hands full when bodies begin to emerge and the search is on for answers to the killings, and the rumors of old feuds between many families in the area.

Donnie Spurlock needs answers to who killed his father, his uncle, and the mysterious secrets surrounding his family to wish them dead.

Esbeth is new to the small town in Texas, but word soon reaches her ears about the little activities that surround the feud among the Spurlock, Hoel, and Granite families with enough history of violence, dishonesty, and betrayal to spin one's mind. When the mention of a lost diamond mine begins to touch surface, Esbeth keeps her eyes on the Texas Ranger. Tillis Macrory does not sit too well in her book. She wonders if he could be just as polluted as the other law enforcers in the town. She finds the man a bit too friendly for her blood. When another body is discovered after being missing for forty years, it brings more mystery to the town. Donnie, the mayor’s son, and his girlfriend, Karyn, discover the body at the bottom of the lake that turns out to be his Uncle Hugh, who has been missing for forty years. Esbeth decides to do some snooping into the mysterious years of the little town in Kiowa County. She is certain someone wishes to keep these secrets buried and she wonders herself about the discovered WW II veteran who was buried in the lake. Someone certainly had it in for the Mayor and his brother. Esbeth must pull the strings with Tillis if they wish to get down to the truth, but whether to trust him completely is something that she will have to decide on her own.

Black Like Blood is a sensational mystery with a 70-ish sleuth who loves sticking her nose where it does not belong. I love Esbeth, who is determined to get answers in any situation. And when it comes to thinking law officers are downright dirty, I could almost see her expression as she carefully observed Tillis and the others. Mr. Hall blends a well-composed suspense that incorporates a range of characters that really stand out in this terrific read. I do not think that I will ever forget Esbeth when she said, ‘Oh, good grumpy goose grits,’; now that was an expression I could really visualize. This intriguing read keeps the reader entertained as answers probing into the deaths soon come to light.

Cherokee
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