Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close.
When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman’s life, as she searches for clues.
As usual, the police have more than one crime to deal with. There’s illegal timbering and a series of vehicle thefts taking up their time. And there are other issues to deal with. Flora is concerned there’s some shakiness in her relationship with Cpl. Harry Minnich who seems to be making a lot of secretive phone calls.
Still Flora maintains focus on the murder. Despite evidence implicating other suspects, the odd behavior of another former classmate rouses Flora’s suspicion. Flora’s probing opens personal wounds as she observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks down the killer.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth is the author of 15 novels, including seven in his Sticks Hetrick mystery series, and a non-fiction regional history. His short stories and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines. Since his retirement, he has served as librarian of his county historical society, assisting patrons with research and genealogy.
He is the father of two grown children and has four grandsons and three grand-dogs.
Aside from reading, his interests include history, archaeology, drawing and painting, walking, cooking and antique browsing.
He is a member of International Thriller Writers and is a past vice president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
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