What’s it about?
Lonnie is stabbed to death while his sister, Mirage, is in a black out. Did she kill him?
Gallup, New Mexico provides the backdrop for greed, scrambled brains, illicit love, and murder in this mystery thriller.
Cinnamon and Burro trail a gallery owner, a young boy with TBI, and a group of greedy young artists through the high desert, looking for a murderer.
Burro suffers visions of the crime. Spirits communicate with the suspects.
Cinnamon and Burro search for answers and the illusive Momma makes a phone call from the past.
3.5 stars. This is a whodunit that leaves you guessing a long way. I felt this was for the most part more a cozy mystery than a thriller (the finale was definitely thriller though), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, only not really what I was expecting at the start.
Cinnemon and Burro are civil right’s investigators. Their profession brings them to the Yanaka Middle School in Gallup, mediating a school boy who doesn’t want to be treated differently just because he’s blind. At the same time they agree to help Mirage, whose brother Lonnie was killed. In their search for Lonnie’s killer they question each and every person he worked with at the Redemption Gallery, a gallery he started in Gallup with a man called Jerry. Lonnie was a 3-D artist, he started Redemption Gallery initially to promote local native artists but for some reason he wanted to quit.
Each and every one of the other artists, together with Jerry, all have their reasons to want to continue this business and it’s clear that Lonnie’s talk of quitting or closing the gallery brought on the stabbing.
They all start to suspect someone else and you get a whole Hercule Poirot-sort of feel of it. Accusations are thrown about and doubt swirls around.
Burro’s weird visions and Cinnamon’s facts are key to figuring out what’s going on and unmasking who did it. At first I found it a little difficult to get into the flow of the story, those visions sounded plain crazy and it started kind of slow but once Burro and Cinnamon were in place and started questioning everybody I went into sleuthing-mode myself and I was suspecting everybody. There were plenty of motives in this micro-bubble in Gallup.
Nobody escaped my scrutiny, and yet, the ending still came as a surprise! A satisfying ending and a recommended novel for master-sleuths who like to think along with the investigators, because Cinnamon isn’t giving anything away until the very end.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.