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The Tumbleweed Murders

(A book in the Claire Sharples series)
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Publishers Weekly
In Keepers: A Port Silva Mystery, sixth in Janet LaPierre's (Baby Mine) series, mother and daughter PIs Patience and Verity Mackellar, two new characters, search for a missing child. An undercover investigation in an insular religious community on California's Lost Coast provides a fitting background for the strange and dangerous goings-on that the Mackellars encounter. (Perseverance/John Daniel, $12.95 paper 252p ISBN 1-880284-44-8) Fifteen Jeffrey Rand and Leila Gaad stories appear in The Old Spies Club: And Other Rand Intrigues, by Edward D. Hoch (The Spy Who Read Latin and Other Stories). Rand, a semi-retired British espionage agent, and his wife Leila, an archeologist, embark on various and sundry Cold War adventures in Cairo, Moscow, London, New York and elsewhere. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Lost en route to Erasmo Campos's farm to examine peach rot, plant pathologist Claire Staples (The Shy Tulip Murders, 1996, etc.) stops at Jewell Scoggins's trailer for directions and is fascinated by the woman's past, when she went by the name of Cherokee Rose and fronted for a local country band. A day later, Jewell is dead, and Claire and her co-worker Ramon have turned up another body, now reduced to bones and wire-rimmed glasses, on Campos's property. Could the corpse belong to Elliot Klein, the petroleum engineer who wooed Jewell back in the '50s, then disappeared without a trace? And whatever happened to his inseparable sidekick Clyde? With the help of Ramon's brilliant but paranoid cousin, investigative reporter Yolanda-now living in fear of C.C. Tidwell, the subject of one of her all-too-successful exposes-Claire tracks down a former band member, his jealous wife, and Elliot's younger brother. One more will die and Claire will nearly drown in the Kern River before crimes both old and new are resolved in this complex blend of romance, science, and ingenious clues. Rothenberg, who died before completing the fourth in the series, is well-served by her friend Cannon, who finishes the tale with brio, intelligence, and a respect for the biota of California's unadmirable San Joaquin Valley. A beacon for those who have ever loved a married man and wondered if it would turn out right, plus just enough scientific sprinklings to make the reader an instant expert on mycorrhizal fungi.


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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: The Tumbleweed Murders: A Claire Sharples Botanical Mystery
Author(s): Rebecca Rothenberg, Taffy Cannon
ISBN: 1-880284-43-X / 978-1-880284-43-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Tumbleweed Murders: A Claire Sharples Botanical Mystery
Author(s): Rebecca Rothenberg, Taffy Cannon
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA