Moonscape by Julie Weston (A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery Book 3)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 1.1 Mb
Moonscape : Once again, Nellie Burns and Moonshine leap into trouble—this time in Craters of the Moon in southwest Idaho.
Nellie accompanies Sheriff Asteguigoiri to the lava fields as his photographer. Three people are missing there, doing “God’s work,” according to Mayor Tom of a nearby town. Marked on maps as “unexplored” and “unknown,” the miles of lava resist easy navigation and Nell’s photography. Rosy Kipling, the one-eyed miner and Nell’s friend, is recruited with Mayor Tom and Moonshine to assist in the search amidst concerns about a religious cult and money related to the missing.
Physical obstacles as well as secrets and lies and consuming greed endanger all. And alone, Nell faces an attempt on her sanity and her life in this remote and almost inaccessible natural phenomenon.
“One of the women followed with interest what he was saying and where he was pointing. The lumpier woman had seated herself in a chair and stared out the window. “Can one camp in this area?” the interested woman said. The man let the question stand.
“Wal, you can camp, but you might better take in water ’cause it’s been damn . . . oops . . . darned dry this summer and fall. Sometimes, there’s water at the bottom of some deep holes, but you can’t count on it. It’s gettin’ cold at night now, too. You need tents or a lot of blankets.” Mayor Tom began to fold up the map. “And leavin’ your auto out on the roadway is a little chancy. Thieves and things. Some people don’t want the lava fields to be a monument, so they make trouble when they can.”
“I would like to buy this map from you,” the man said.
“All I got. You can make a drawing of it, iffen you like, but I need the map. There’s wild animals, too.”
“Mountain lions and bears. Coyotes, too, but mostly smaller stuff like marmots and porkypine. Some deer. They’ll be attracted to any food you take, so wrap it up good and hang it on trees, if you can.” He opened the map again and pointed to another area. “Off past the lava, there are fields with cattle grazing. Don’t fool with those, or you’ll get the cattlemen after you.”
A small noise came from the sitting woman. The man turned his head, and she lowered hers.”