THE DESERT HEDGE MURDERS
SECOND NOVEL IN THE SYLVIA AND WILLIE MYSTERY SERIES
WAS PUBLISHED BY FIVE STAR
IN AUGUST 2009
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Sylvia Thorn, circuit court judge in Palm Beach County, Florida, takes
an unexpected trip to her hometown of Sangamon City, Illinois when
her older brother, Willie Grisseljon, is confined to a county hospital
for a psychiatric evaluation. A Vietnam vet with lingering side
effects from the war, Willie finds a body while he's on vacation.
When he tries to report his discovery to a deputy sheriff, he is locked
up as a vagrant with delusions.
Willie insists on returning to the site where the body is hidden before
notifying the sheriff. Soon he and Sylvia discover clues about the
murdered businessman, his wife, a tenant farmer, concealed Indian
artifacts, and uprooted stands of prairie grass that may help the
sexy sheriff find the murderer. But Sylvia runs into trouble when
she's caught nosing around the old homestead. She hides from the
gun-toting suspects and overhears another murder. Two more
narrow escapes, and Sylvia just wants to go home.
Relieved when the sheriff lets them return to Florida, Sylvia doesn't
realize at first that she and her brother are still in danger. A
mysterious new neighbor with a menacing bodyguard, and new
information Sylvia finds in her legal system database, provide clues
that could solve the murders. Sylvia uses her law enforcement
contacts, as well as Willie's intuitive skills, to provide the missing
links to state and federal authorities, even though she is forced to
make a drastic change in her life as a result.
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|THE DESERT HEDGE MURDERS
A body in a bathtub is the last thing Sylvia Thorn expects her
mother’s travel club to find when they check into their Laughlin,
Nevada hotel rooms.
The Florida Flippers, named for their long-standing support of the
Miami Dolphins, scatter like dandelion fluff, intent on investigating
a murder case to which they have no apparent connection. From
the elderly wannabe cowgirl with wild red hair to the caustic-
tongued volunteer park ranger in orthopedic hiking boots, the
Florida Flippers keep Sylvia on her toes as she does a little
sleuthing of her own.
But when the Laughlin detectives want to interview the Flippers,
one of the elder travelers and her rental car are nowhere to be
found. The tour group soon makes a grim discovery at the Lone
Cactus Gold Mine near Oatman, Arizona, and Sylvia realizes there
may be a connection between her mother’s club and the body in
the tub after all. To add to the confusion, and Sylvia’s internal
turmoil, the handsome and much younger FBI agent, who
tormented her in so many ways in Florida, is now in Laughlin
showing intense interest in her group’s activities.
Soon Sylvia’s brother, reluctant clairvoyant Willie Grisseljon,
senses trouble. Unable to contact his mother by phone, and
prompted by his father who is equally alarmed, Willie abruptly
abandons his bachelor weekend in Florida and impulsively, with
Dad at his side, flies to the rescue. Willie soon wishes someone
would rescue him instead.
The Desert Hedge Murders is a tangle of puzzling events that
seem to have no connection … until Sylvia and the Florida
Flippers stir up so much trouble that Laughlin detectives, the
Mohave County Sheriff, and the FBI are forced to work together to
reveal the missing pieces.
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The Harlequin paperback edition of
The Desert Hedge Murders
will be available September 1st
at Harlequin's online bookstore