Silver Dagger, August 2002, 23.95, 187 pp.
San Antonio Police Lieutenant Rachel Grant is injured in the line of duty and is shot in the knee by the local drug lord. He gets away and starts a terror campaign against her thirteen-year old daughter, Lauren. Mother and daughter travel to their hometown of Saddle Gap where they can feel safe and Rachel can continue with her physical therapy.
Her return home yields a few surprises including the fact that her family has sold the family guest ranch Tumbleweeds to entrepreneur Stanley Fletcher. Rachel's peace of mind is shattered when Stanley is found murdered at Tumbleweeds. She isn't sure if the killer is local or the San Antonio drug lord who shot at her and her uneasiness increases tenfold when her cousin is found murdered in her grandfather's home. Unable to remain on the sidelines, Rachel decides to start her own investigation especially when she finds out that for some unknown reason Stanley left tumbleweeds to her.
HOME WHERE THE MURDER IS captures the ambiance of a small Texas border town to perfection. Rachel's relationship with her ex-husband and old friends as well as family rings true and makes the reader feel as if they know the characters that populate the book. Carolyn Rogers has written an excellent amateur sleuth tale and it is hoped that this is just the first installment in a new series.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner