Author: Paty Jager
Narrator: Ann M. Thompson
Length: 4 hours 23 minutes
Series: The Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series, Book 2
Publisher: Patricia Jager
Release date: Apr. 14, 2017
Shandra Higheagle is digging up clay for her renowned pottery when she scoops up a boot attached to a skeleton. She calls in Weippe County detective Ryan Greer. The body is decades old and discovered to be Shandra’s employee’s old flame.
Ryan immediately pegs Shandra’s employee for the murderer, but Shandra knows in her heart that the woman everyone calls Crazy Lil couldn’t have killed anyone, let alone a man she loved.
Digging up the woman’s past takes them down a road of greed, miscommunication, and deceit. Will they be able to prove Crazy Lil innocent before the true murderer strikes again?
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”
Audiobook narrator and voice over artist Ann Thompson continues to work in radio and TV news broadcasting as she has done for the past 25 years. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. A-P has named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology. Once she even rode the “Vomit Comet” to simulate zero gravity in a KC-135. Thompson has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS. She values author partnerships like the one with Paty Jager for the Shandra Higheagle series.
Haunting Corpse, the latest Shandra Higheagle audiobook, is available for review from the ADOPT-AN-AUDIOBOOK PROGRAM.
Enough musing and wasting time. She raised the shovel, sunk the metal blade into the ground six inches, and pulled out a shovel full of yellow clay. The packed soil held enough moisture to cling to the shovel. She knocked the blade against the top of the bucket, dropping the clay in. A good shove with her foot set the spade into the ground for another scoop. The metal grated on something hard; possibly a rock. She’d hit a few while digging lay in this pocket. Wiggling the shovel, she shoved again and pulled up another chunk of clay. Her artistic imagination saw a chunk on the side that resembled the shape of a cowboy boot heel. Shandra chuckled at her imagination and knocked the shovel against her plastic bucket. The chunk broke apart and a boot heel fell to the outside of the bucket.
If you had a friend who became secretive after you found a dead body, would you be immediately concerned that they killed someone? Maybe they just know something that you don’t? Maybe they know who did it? But they won’t say anything. Would you be nervous, angry, confused or all of the above? The law specifies that men and women are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but most of the time—we all know that it works the other way around. Jager has an exciting second installment of the Shandra Higheagle Mysteries that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Everyone has a reason to want the victim dead, but who really did it?
Shandra finds a boot in her clay pocket up at the top of her mountain. After the boot, she found bones. And where there is bones…there is definitely a dead body. Unable to hold the confusion back of a dead body being buried on her property, she calls the detective to come out and take a look. With the whole team digging up remains and evidence of a homicide, Shandra’s ranch hand becomes very distant and jumpy like she is holding information back about the dead body. Knowing that Lil would never in a million years, kill another human being, she is once again stuck in the middle of an investigation. Can Shandra help the detective, who has also become a lover, and find out the secrets that Lil holds which will prove her innocent? Shandra knows that it may hit really close to home for Lil, but she is determined to find the connection and solve the mystery. For all they know, the killer has gotten away with murder for a very long time and is still out there, covering up their horrible secret.
Jager has a beautifully written mystery that will leave readers eager to continue the series alongside the main character, Shandra Higheagle. The character development is fantastic and the pace is steady. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Thompson’s narration was a fairly accurate depiction of what I would expect from a radio or television broadcaster or maybe someone retelling a story in a different perspective; there seems to have been a slight lack of emotion and feeling to the story with this type of voice relay. The story was enjoyable nonetheless and easy to follow. If you are a reader of mysteries, you may want to pick up this story and give it a read. Since this is the second installment, readers are able to read this one as a standalone; however, it may be more enjoyable to start from the first installment.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Tarnished Remains by Paty Jager.
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