Deadly Choices is the third book in the series by Karen Randau and it is everything you want in a mystery. The dynamic between the main characters, Rita and her detective husband Cliff are enough to keep you wanting to turn the pages. There are a ton of twists and turns to this book as you try to figure out who the villain of the story is. If you love books that will have you guessing at every turn, then you must check this book out.
In book 3 of the Rim Country Mysteries, an elderly woman stumbles into the campsite as Rita, Cliff, and Rita’s long-lost mother Willow enjoy s’mores and folk music around the fire. The action heats up when Willow falls for the key suspect, Rita’s old friend and mentor. Rita discovers her mother isn’t the woman she thought she was, and Rita must overcome a spate of life-threatening obstacles before anyone else dies.
“Lovely Rita, I’ll never let ya down again.”
“Now that we’re being honest, I need to tell you that I legally changed my name from Lovely Rita to Rita Anne when I was eighteen and married Jared. I know you love that Beatles song called ‘Lovely Rita Meter Maid,’ but I wanted a more conventional name and life.”
“Does that mean you wouldn’t mind calling me Mom instead of Willow?”
We fell silent until nothing but embers remained of the fire.
Mom stretched, yawned, and said that the clear sky and millions of stars were different than what she could see in Austin at night. “It cools down after the sun goes down here.” She rubbed her arms. “The humidity in Austin keeps it hot even at night.” She commented on the lack of mosquitos and locusts.
I pondered what it would feel like to have her live with Cliff and me, or nearby in a place of her own, then remembered that she said she was looking for a job. She was past full-retirement age.
“What kinds of jobs have you been applying for?” I didn’t remember her ever working when I was a child. She had only let me get a job scooping ice cream when I promised not to let it interfere with high school. Could an ex-con even get social security benefits? I was sure she had no savings.
“I took some online clerical classes while I was in prison,” she said.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A native of the southwest U.S., Karen Randau pens the Rim Country Mystery series set in the quaint fictional mountain town of Rim Vista, Arizona, below the Rim of the Colorado Plateau.
The series features fast-paced stories with intricate plots, lots of action, and a pinch of romance, told from the point of view of protagonist Rita Avery.
Karen has traveled internationally and witnessed famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome abject poverty. She draws on both her creativity and personal experience to weave together an interesting cast of characters with rollercoaster-like twists and turns.
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