Intrigue Press, June 2003, 24.95, 253 pp.
When Pam Livingston, Chuck Ovens and Nora Ryan lured historian Paul Fischer to Jacksonville, Oregon, he thought they wanted him to write a biography of Doctor Hollingsworth. Instead, the trio hoped that Paul would find proof that Pam was Kate Baker's granddaughter and heir to a vast fortune. Although Paul found the proof, he never gave it to them.
Although Paul thought he whole incident was in the past, it reopens when his home, office and garage are broken into and the only thing missing is the research on the Walker sisters. When Paul receives a call from Pam informing him that somebody beat Nora up, he flies to Jacksonville to find out what is going on. After Chuck is murdered and the killer visits Nora two more times. Pam and Paul go through the estate records and learn about a large sum of money that has not been found. Before the killer strikes again, Paul and Pam are determined to find the money and end the nightmare they are living.
KATIE'S GOLD is an exciting amateur sleuth tale but it is the antagonist who captures and holds the reader's attention. The killer is so single minded and determined, that he will use whatever means necessary, including murder to get what he wants. The audience will like reading about a woman who made her will so airtight that ever the lawyers can't find a loophole. Pam has grown since her last appearance (KATIE'S WILL) and the audience will find her more approachable and likable. Paul is a mench that is impossible to dislike and KATIE'S GOLD is a novel that is good, if not better, than it's prequel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner