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BOOK REVIEW: KINDRED SPIRITS
BY MARILYN MEREDITH

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.



A forest fire is raging in the higher elevations of Bear Creek canyon. Deputy Tempe Crabtree has orders to check out some of the houses in the path of the fire and make sure everyone obeyed the evacuation order. Due to the raging fire, Tempe couldn’t quite make it to the home of Vanessa Ainsworth, an artist who lived in a secluded area. She was stopped by firefighters at the entrance to Vanessa’s home.

When the firemen were able to clear the way to Vanessa’s place they found that Vanessa didn’t survive but her death was not due to the fire. Vanessa’s dog, her only companion, suffered the same fate as its owner.

One suspect was Eric Figueroa, who formerly lived with Vanessa, but now lived in town since Vanessa had issued a restraining order against him. The only other suspect was Vanessa’s ex-husband, Acton Ainsworth, who lived in Crescent City. It was rumored that Acton was bitter towards Vanessa because of the large settlement she had received from him in their divorce. Both suspects had an alibi so the investigation was at a dead end.

Vanessa was of Indian heritage and since Tempe was too, Tempe’s superiors requested that she make a trip to Crescent City to inform Vanessa’s cousin Abby of Vanessa’s death.

Tempe agreed to make the trip and hit it off immediately with Abby, Vanessa’s cousin. Although Tempe had only recently began to show an interest in the spiritual side of her heritage she was very interested in the information Abby had to offer regarding her tribe and their beliefs. Abby also filled Tempe in on Vanessa’s life and the period of time when she was married to Acton.

Tempe returned home with a little more information but no hint of who might have killed Vanessa. Tempe was not at a good place in her life. Her husband Hutch, a minister, and Tempe had had many disagreements about the casino that was built in the area. Hutch was against it and Tempe had mixed feelings. Tempe was hoping for some time off work and a chance to reconnect with her husband. Vanessa’s spirit began appearing to Tempe and Tempe felt sure that Vanessa would not rest until her murderer was brought to justice.

Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire and now Kindred Spirits are books not to be missed. The mystery as well as the way Hutch and Tempe work out their differences makes for interesting reading.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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