Back of book: Amanda is just settling into married life with her new husband, sexy country cop Nick Thorn, when she’s jolted back to reality by a call from her richest and least favorite client, Harvey Renshaw. Seems the gruff career military man has another oil well interest to discuss at her—and he means now. Amanda decides to drive out to Harv’s ranch and tell him he can drill for a new CPA…where the sun don’t shine. But after tromping her way through a herd of confused cattle, Amanda discovers someone else had a beef with the cranky codger—and a deadly beef at that. Harvey is lying boots down under a ton of hay.
Amanda’s convinced Harvey’s death was no freak farming accident. Never a candidate for most loved man of Vamoose County, his lack of popularity has produced a long list of suspects—everyone from his four ex-wives to a local supplier he stiffed. Trying to ferret out the truth is like searching for clues in a haystack. But as Amanda cuts her way through a field of motives, mysteries in murders accusations, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a case that could leave her the prime target for a vindictive killer gone haywire…
I Love how the murders take place within the first chapter of these books. That way I am sucked into the story with no way to put the book down!
Amanda Hazard and Nick Thorn have been some of my most favorite characters since I started reading cozy mysteries. I have not found a dull plot with them yet. Too bad there is only one more book in the series! 😦
There are many suspects in the story because of one man, the victim. Four ex-wives and a girlfriend all belong in the victims life. Who could’ve killed him and wasn’t really for his money. The victims past involves moving from Air Force Base to Air Force Base and getting married to the next woman, living with his father on the farm as a little boy and taking over the farm after his father dies. On the farm there are oil wells producing money and he’s getting ready to sign another contract for another well. Oh I forgot cutting out his neighbor for the deal on his new well. So is it one of the ex-wives or the neighbor who did him in. The ending was a surprise for me when it all came together.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series even though it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters. At least I will be able to say I have finished the whole series! 🙂