THE MAVERICK (4.5) by Diana Palmer: One of Palmer's favorite characters in her ongoing Long, Tall Texans series is ranch hand Harley Fowler. Until now he's never been a hero, not even always a nice guy, but he's the go-to man for ladies trying to heal a broken heart. So when he runs into crime scene analyst Alice Mayfield Jones, he's taken aback by her irreverence and her marriage proposal. She's in town about the murder of a John Doe found near the river. The investigation takes Jones and Harley on a trip down memory lane as they dig into Harley's past and into an old murder that may still have connections to present-day residents. Clever characters and a compelling plot pump fun and life into this return trip to Palmer's favorite landscape.