MYSTERY

Moonscape

Gale Cengage. (Nellie Burns & Moonshine, Bk. 3). Jun. 2019. 244p. ISBN 9781432858216. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781432858223. M
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Weston’s third “Nellie Burns & Moonshine” mystery (Basque Moon; Moonshadow) is set in a still untamed 1920s Idaho, which is as much a character in this novel as any of its human protagonists. This time, Nellie and her faithful Labrador Moonshine team with the Basque sheriff Charles Asteguigoiri to find out what happened to a trio of people who disappeared in the “moonscape,” a vast and dangerous area of ancient lava fields, tubes, and caves. Sheriff Charles has employed Nellie to take crime scene photos, but to complicate matters, some romantic feelings may also be brewing between them. As they navigate the hazardous landscape they come across some equally dangerous characters who may or may not be polygamists or just money-hungry. Nellie and Moonie find themselves in mortal danger more than once.
VERDICT This mystery should flourish in collections where the author’s other novels did well. Fans of Western or historical mysteries may also want to give this series a try.

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