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Silver Dagger, August 2002, 23.95, 187 pp.
ISBN 1570721742

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.
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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.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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