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Seventh St: Prometheus. (Marjorie Trumaine, Bk. 3). May 2018. 250p. ISBN 9781633882799. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781633882805. M
OrangeReviewStarIt's only been several months since Marjorie Trumaine's husband, Hank, died. Despite the visits from the Ladies Aid group in Dickinson, ND, Marjorie is struggling to move on after years of taking care of her paralyzed spouse, tending the family farm, and working as an indexer. But when Tina Rinkerman, a neighbor's mentally challenged daughter, goes missing during a January storm, Marjorie insists on accompanying the new sheriff in the search. They find a local store manager shot dead in his car. Is his murder connected to Tina's disappearance? Set in 1965 North Dakota, this bleak mystery follows the tragic events of See Also Deception. There's a strong sense of place in Sweazy's atmospheric novel, which vividly captures hard lives of disappointment and bad luck. The winter storms only emphasize the feelings of isolation and dread, and the introspective Marjorie is the perfect sleuth for this dark series.
VERDICT Sweazy's powerful, crime novels should be read with Kelli Stanley's City of Secrets or Diane Chamberlain's Necessary Lies.

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