CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Paperback: 246 pages
March 3, 2018, $12.99
Series: Beth Bowman Series
Also available in Kindle edition
BOOK BLURB: Beth Bowman is a PI in Coral Lakes, FL who works with a homeless group. When one of them turns up brutally beaten to death, Beth feels obligated to become involved. She learns there is a group in town to demonstrate, Friends Intent on The Environment (FITE) who could be connected. Another murder occurs and evidence points to Dabba, one of Beth’s friends, as the killer. Beth sets her sights on FITE as their demonstrations become more violent. Cloie Morales, the leader of FITE is a formidable adversary, causing Beth to reach deep inside herself.
REVIEW: The ensemble cast of previous Beth Bowman stories is back, each with distinct personalities and quirks that make them interesting and engaging. There’s Dot, who always has a way of fading into the background, sometimes so much so that she disappears for a while. When she does in this case, it is a cause for concern, as FITE has a vendetta against the homeless.
FITE’s agenda is to clean up the environment, and organizers have turned that toward getting rid of the homeless first. Then they plan to go after other’s who are polluting the environment in one way or another. That seems like a rather bizarre and irrational way to start an effort like that, but then the leaders are not normal or rational.
Beth’s mother, Sandra, is back in town with Ike, her companion and a retired police officer. Ike was Beth’s mentor when she was on the police force, so they have a special connection. That connection proves most helpful when it comes to finding the killer and Saving Dabba.
This is a quick, easy read for mystery lovers who like a story with a lighter edge and fun characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Randy Rawls was born and reared in Williamston, North Carolina, a small town in the northeastern part of the state. From there, he says he inherited a sense of responsibility, a belief in fair play, and a love of country. As a career US Army officer, he had the opportunity to learn, travel, teach, and hone talents inherited from his parents. Following retirement, he worked in other ventures for the US Government. Every job has in some way been fun. Even the dark days of Vietnam had their light moments, and he cherishes the camaraderie that was an integral part of survival in that hostile world.
Today, he has short stories in several anthologies, and a growing list of novels to his credit. A prolific reader, Randy reads across several genres and takes that into his writing. He has written mysteries, thrillers, an historical, and two fantasy/mystery/thrillers featuring a Santa Elf. The total count of books is now at fourteen and growing. He is a regular contributor to Happy Homicides, a twice annual anthology of cozy short stories. He also has a series of short stories featuring a cattle-herding burro. Wherever his imagination will take him, he follows.
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