Hunter puts a unique twist on a classic mystery plot and makes it her own by adding colorful characters and a tasteful hint of romance. Quite entertaining.
Almost seven years ago, Joe Stevens took his wife, Nell, on a whitewater rafting trip as a second honeymoon. After a mishap she barely remembered, Nell woke alone, battered and concussed, and somehow made her way to safety. A massive search-and-rescue effort failed to find Joe, and the investigating officer, Nolan Lennox, began to suspect Nell killed him. But there wasn't enough evidence to charge her, so the case went cold.
Now Nolan's convinced his cop son, Orson, to look into it again. Orson's instincts tell him Nell's innocent. She's a single mom who runs the rafting business she and Joe started together. But Joe's family thinks Nell's a mercenary witch who was after his fortune. When Joe's body is finally found, even Orson has to wonder if Nell is capable of murder. (MIRA, Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)