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This is the 3rd in the Trade Ellis series set in Arizona. Trade owns a ranch and works the ranch but she also runs a small P.I. practice on the side. She is hired by J. B. Calendar to find his wife's killer.
J. B. is a colorful 32 year-old bull rider who captured the eye of Abigail Van Thiessen, a candy heiress, who wants to be a cow-girl. Abigail is much older than J. B. but is in great shape thanks to lots of cosmetic surgery.
J. B. takes Abigail on a weekend campout and Abigail winds up floating in a stock tank face down. J. B. is the first suspect and is arrested and jailed. He pleads with Trade that he is innocent and wants her to find out the truth.
Trade wants to believe J. B. but she begins to uncover a few lies he's told and this is not pleasing to find that her client has lied to her.
The list of suspects is quite long since Abigail's death left a number of people a lot wealthier than they were when she was alive. These people include her minister and a couple of employees among others.
Trade finally uncovers the entire truth surrounding Abigail's murder but not before overcoming a lot of obstacles.
To make matters more complicated she has a problem on the ranch with her foreman's live-in girl friend. It seems the Mexican mafia is interested in interrogating the girl friend so Trade has to be constantly on the alert.
I enjoyed this book very much. Trade and her friends are interesting characters and I enjoyed reading about her two dogs and Petunia, her pig. I also learned a lot about ranch life in Arizona.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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