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CAT'S CLAW

Image of Cat's Claw (A Pecan Springs Mystery)

Veteran mystery author Albert takes a different approach in her latest China Bayles tale, splitting the point of view between China’s usual first-person narrative and Chief Dawson’s third-person investigation. What could be an awkward arrangement works well in Albert’s steady hand as she shifts effortlessly back and forth. The focus is primarily on Sheila Dawson, however, as she steps out from behind the desk and takes an active role in a tricky investigation. China fans need not fear, however — the herb shop owner gets her fair share of attention as she uncovers several important clues in the case.

When the local computer shop owner is found shot to death in his kitchen, Pecan Springs Police Chief Sheila Dawson is initially inclined to suspect a local bigwig who was caught breaking into the victim’s shop to retrieve his computer. But when China Bayles informs the chief that the victim had recently consulted her about a stalker, Dawson has to reconsider, especially when her prime suspect turns up dead. (PRIME CRIME, Apr., 320 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter