St. Martin's, Jan 2002, 23.95, 320 pp.
John and Ann Ransom live on prime lake front property in Big Oak, Wisconsin. Once they moved into their new home, the couple posted no hunting signs so that deer hunters would stay away.
One morning, Ann awakens to a gunshot, but ignores the noisy incident believing that a hunter fired a gun. That same day, her Golden Retriever drags home a bloody boot containing human remains. The Ransoms call Sheriff Lark Swenson, who finds the rest of the corpse. Three days later another body is found on their property. Lark and State detective Lacey Smith work closely together trying to determine whether the two murders are as related as they first seem and how. Though the two law officials deny it even to themselves, their proximity brings out warm tender feelings towards one another, but the investigation comes first for both of these dedicated people.
COLD HUNTER'S MOON is as much a small town relationship drama as it is a police procedural. Lark and Lacey make a cute couple because they spend much time persuading themselves that business is the only relationship they share. Sub-genre readers will welcome newcomer KC Greenlief whose ability to place real people in a taut investigative tale will make her a fan favorite quite quickly.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner