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CART OF DEATH
MARI ULMER
ISBN# 0-373-26577-8
September 2006
Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
242 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Christina Garcia y Grant is an attorney who returns to Talpa, New Mexico after the death of her husband. A hometown rooted in Catholicism, it barely sees much crime, yet there is always a feeling of supernatural stirring in the air. Upon arriving, she sees new opportunity in her grandmother’s hacienda.

Mac McCloud, a widowed doctor, from Florida, is a close neighbor to Christy. He begins to have feelings for her.

Fellow attorney Iggy Baca, along with Christy, prepares for the La Fiestacita, neither expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen.

Evelyn Bottoms is not only Cindy’s boss but also a wealthy businessman who happens to make acquaintance with Christy.

Christy feels she needs to change directions in her life. Tired of the lawyer routine, she invests interest in making her grandmother’s hacienda a bed and breakfast inn, of course, after doing so, she had no idea it would acquire huge recognition. Christy finds herself spending time with Evelyn, and he welcomes the time spent together. When the town prepares for the gaiety of the Las Fiestas holiday, it lays perfect opportunity for a thief to acquire certain valuable artifacts from the local churches without being noticed. That is only the beginning of events after someone sets out to raid a gallery that ends up killing an employee and Christy’s protégé and girlfriend, Cindy, ends up missing. Iggy and Mac are thrown into the search right along with Christy, as bodies mount with the ordeal. Mac has a gut feeling who might be behind everything but will not say for sure for fear of losing Christy. With the search in full swing, Christy has her hands full with the investigation, but time is running out when Mac fears death is closer than they think.

Cart of Death is full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue seasoned with a bit of romance. Christy is strong, determined and dependable, one who is devoted to her family and friends. Of course, relationships are a slightly different matter and when she refuses to listen to her friends, it shows her downfall weakness as a human. Mac and Iggy are well-rounded characters, along with the others that spice the story keeping it flowing smoothly. Ms Ulmer shapes a story around an old fashion town blending in people and events that almost materialize right before the readers’ eyes. With some unusual characters and interesting events, this is one eye-opening book that was a joy for this reader. The title alone has a magical way of expressing it all.

Cherokee
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