MYSTERY

Funeral Train

Akashic (A Dust Bowl Mystery, Bk. 2). Oct. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781636140513. $18.95; pap. ISBN 9781636140520. $17.95. M
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Sheriff Temple Jennings of Vermillion, OK, is eager to see his wife, Etha, after her six-day visit to St. Louis. When the train she’s on is involved in a wreck, he loses all control until his deputy reminds him he has to take charge, and start acting like the sheriff, not a panicked husband. After finding Etha in the hospital, he teams up with the railroad detective to find the cause of the accident. It doesn’t take long to discover someone sabotaged the tracks, but during the Depression, with so many drifters, it will take a while to find the perpetrator. Someone, though, has a clue, which causes Temple to suspect a link between the train wreck and a local murder. Several crimes lead Temple and Etha, along with the deputies, to piece together a story of desperation and violence.
VERDICT The sequel to Death of a Rainmaker (an LJ Best Book of 2018), is just as atmospheric. The anguish and struggles of the Dust Bowl and Depression years are vividly depicted in this historical mystery.
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