There is never only one side to a debate. I have an Environmental Science degree but I also have a 2 year Accounting degree. Do the 2 ever clash--you bet they do!! While my heart says save all endangered species--my head says--but what about the jobs that might be lost. As a result I kind of stay away from any of those topics-no matter what I say someone is going to get angry with me!! Unfortunately there are those out there who will cause harm to other people to save a particular species. Yes, murders have been committed in the name of saving a habitat if an endangered species happens to live there--just as Doctors and other health professionals have been murdered because they happen to work at a clinic that performs abortions. That that person may have actually been helping with mammograms or pap smears for woman who could not afford to go anywhere else- and not abortions-well--these are my opinions and whether you agree or disagree is not in the scope of this review. I wrote this as an introduction to this novel because the murder committed in this fictional novel was killed because of The Blue Butterfly, an endangered species. (I checked-yes-there is a blue butterfly on the endangered species list since 1992).
When David Sander, a Forest Service employee, is found murdered it takes quote a bit of sleuthing for Liz with the help of her dog Winston to ferret put the truth. There are lot of suspects but the not so competent police chief is taking the easy way out-as usual-and trying to pin it on Gertie, the owner of the hamburger joint in town. Liz knows it isn't Gertie--her infamous niggle told her so--so who did it? Lots of other suspects-the owner of the logging company that will be shut down if the butterfly is found where the logging is taking place, one of the employee of the logging company who has cancer from formaldehyde because rules were not followed, a jealous husband with anger issues or an Environmental Studies teaching assistant. And then of course there is Gertie.
So who killed David Sander and why? Sorry--I'm going to leave you hanging again. Read the book to find put and there are more of the delicious recipes included.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Seven time Amazon All Star author Dianne Harman with her latest book in the best selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.
When the Lotis Blue butterfly, an endangered species, is sighted in a forest where logging operations are being conducted, it sets off a chain reaction in the small town of Red Cedar, California. David Sanders, a Forest Service employee and the step-brother of the popular owner of Gertie’s Diner, is found murdered after he entered the forest to look for the blue butterfly. But who killed him?
There are plenty of suspects, and what’s the motive? Was it the Jefferson Lumber Company employee who developed cancer from the improper use of formaldehyde at the company’s plywood plant? Or George Myers, the jealous husband of Ruby, David’s former lover, who has anger issues? Ruby could also be considered a suspect. And what about the Environmental Studies teaching assistant? Or the Forest Service employee who’s fanatic about saving the environment. Or even Gertie?
Join Liz Lucas and her boxer guard dog, Winston, as she helps the incompetent, bumbling chief of police search for the murderer before he makes a mistake and arrests her friend Gertie. As always, there are dogs, good food and recipes.
This is the fifth book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. Dianne is also the author of two other cozy mystery series, Cedar Bay and High Desert, both of which are best sellers. To find out more about Dianne and her books, visit her web site at www.DianneHarman.com
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About the Author: (from Amazon)(Picture from Twitter)
Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote - all of which are available now in the Coyote Series. She is also the author of Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, California political novels.
Being a dog lover and having attended cooking schools all over the world, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs - and her first cozy mystery, Kelly's Koffee Shop was written. It is #1 on the culinary cozy mystery list and #3 on animals. Her second book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, Murder at Jade Cove, will be published soon..
An Award Winning Bestseller, Blue Coyote Motel was selected as a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month Book, and e-thriller Book of the Month. Blue Coyote Motel and Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer's CLUE awards contest.
Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.
Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?
Coyote in Provence and Cornered Coyote complete the trilogy which spans the globe and introduces a character, Slade Kelly, a loveable irascible private eye, who many say has become their favorite literary character. The Mafia, food, wine, art, Provence, courtroom drama - all find a place in these books.
The Teddy saga is a multicultural romance set against the political background of California. It's the story of Nina, whose husband succumbs to the power of his office. Bigoted and biased, the ultimate irony occurs when she becomes romantically involved with the founder of the Republicans for Latinos, and in the process, discovers herself. The story continues in Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, a conclusion to Tea Party Teddy in the form of a novella.
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