When retired newspaper reporter Henrie Os long-time buddy Gina Wilson asks her to drive to San Antonio to find out whats happened to Ginas 20-year-old granddaughter Iris, Henrie is only too happy to oblige.

At first, Henrie thinks Iris may have just thoughtlessly gone off for a weeks vacation. But Iriss car is in her apartment complex parking lot, and her apartment has been trashed. When Henrie checks with Tesoros, the Mexican artifact store where Iris worked, her fears for her grow.

Tesoros is a family business owned by the Garzas, and while half of them liked the vivacious Iris, the other half of the family disliked the outsider. One thing they all agree on is that Iris literally walked off the job without a word to anyone.

Although the police are notified, there is nothing they can do since there is no evidence of foul play. Henrie knows she owes her old friend a favor and continues her search for Iris, literally taking her life into her own hands.

DEATH ON THE RIVERWALK is a lively tale, making good use of its picturesque San Antonio setting. Senior citizen sleuth Henrie O is an engaging character who reminds us that at any age, adventures are possible. Fans of cozy mysteries and of the television series Murder, She Wrote will especially enjoy reading about Henrie O. (Feb., 336 pp., $6.50 — Hardcover published April 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg