Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{Review} A Rendezvous to Die For by Betty McMahon

ISBN #: 978-1257931323
Page Count: 272
Copyright: November 11, 2011

(Taken from back cover)

All photographer Cassandra Cassidy wanted to do was settle into the peaceful Minnesota countryside and lick her New York-inflicted emotional wounds. But a photo gig she couldn't pass up has her up to her f-stops trying to get to the bottom of a gruesome hatchet job that left her nemesis dead and left her near the top of the suspect list. Smoking out the real killer will lead the mystery world's new reluctant sleuth deep into the colorful re-enactor culture and into dangerous political intrigue at the Indian reservation.

See what develops as Cassandra uses her non-existent detecting skills - and short list of acquaintances - to track down the real killer before she becomes more valuable to him dead or alive.

Charlene's Review:

Cassandra takes a morning drive to photograph a local Rendezvous, or re-enactment ceremony at a local Indian Reservation. A pleasurable morning takes a sudden turn when she finds the dead body of an acquaintance. The very same man she was see arguing with just minutes before.

Now, as suspect number one, Cassandra is on a mission to uncover who is really behind the murder. As she investigates, she uncovers plenty of motives, especially surrounding a land development company that proposed a housing development on Indian land. Soon, she finds herself not only the suspect, but if she's not careful, the next victim.

A mystery rich in possible suspects, motives, and Indian politics. Ms. McMahon does a wonderful job keeping the suspense building, with wild chases and non-stop action. The development of her characters is as rich as the story surrounding them. Cassandra, while initially unassuming, blossoms as a character as she finds she must trust only herself. I found this to be an enjoyable novel that reads quickly.

Although I guessed more than once at who the killer might be, the ending is a surprise. I would gladly read any other stories written by Ms. McMahon, especially if the heroine, Cassandra, is involved.

Imaginative and entertaining, A Rendezvous to Die For is simply "to die for!"

*A paperback copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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