I read Peri Taichert's first novel, The Clovis Incident, for my book group and it was a fun read. It was fresh as first novels often are, partly due to the author's lack of polish. Still, it was good enough that I looked for another. This one is better, with a tighter plot and a more confident writing style. Her books remind me a little of those of Janet Evanovich--with less sex and romance. Her protagonist, Sasha Solomon, is spunky and amusing, and the books are grounded in the culture and people of New Mexico. The writing style is breezy and the book is a quick read, appropriate for beach, airplane or bedtime.
The Kindle edition has a few problems. The term "m-dash" actually appears in the text (that's an proofreader's word for the dash longer than a hyphen), and one chapter has the opening paragraph printed twice. Another chapter, Chapter 52, left out paragraph breaks, so the whole chapter is one long paragraph. And there are some scattered typos ("one" instead of "on," for instance.) I'm hoping the publisher or author will see these comments and see that the Kindle edition is corrected.
I'm giving it four stars because it was very likeable. It does not compare with the depth and intricacy of Tony Hillerman's novels, but it was a good read, entertaining and relatable.
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