the way author Elaine Viets gives her protagonist Angela Richman a keen mind despite
her health vulnerabilities. I found the characters believable, which was impressive
as she tackled a variety of ages and socio-economic strata. The missing girl,
Julie is in her teens, as are her friends and there is a nice array of adult
secrecy of the wealthy makes the investigation's twists and turns believable
and the settings often opulent.I love
to guess the ending and this one stumped me. I loved the paperback copy I
bought at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach, Florida.
The last thing Chouteau County death investigator Angela Richman wants to do during the holidays is her job. So it’s with some trepidation that she agrees to help the desperate Mr. and Mrs. LaRouche when they show up on her doorstep.
Their daughter Juliet is missing. She was last seen leaving a high school party just before midnight, and they’d like Angela’s help getting their trusted local detectives involved. The officer assigned to the case—Chouteau newcomer Det. Jace Budewitz—is far too blunt and impolite for their liking. And with the weather murderously cold, they can’t bear the thought that their little princess is in the harsh winter wilderness.
Discreetly investigating Juliet’s disappearance, Angela finds herself struggling to break through the silence from the rich teenagers who knew Juliet and their infuriatingly detached parents. She also discovers that their vicious bias against the local working class has cast a shadow over the case.
The more she digs, the less Angela can comprehend the lengths the one percent will go to protect their own. Angela must work quickly as she searches for answers with the acute awareness that Juliet LaRouche edges closer to becoming just a memory…(less)