This is the third and final installment in the series featuring Carla Day, a part-time Deputy Sheriff and full time problem solver for the adult care center where she and her father live. Stanton Mills, CA is a small town with aging hippies and new-agers, so crime isn't always a big problem, but when an indigo child, Tamina Kerry, ends up at the bottom of a cliff after a dark portent, the local sheriff feels quite obligated to investigate. Unfortunately for law enforcement most of the inhabitants of the quiet and reclusive community are quite leery of the police and won't speak freely around them. Since Carla and her father spend time in the community with friends, the sheriff assigns the case to Carla with the hopes that someone will come forward - and not pushing this time.
Carla is known to the community but is still an outsider. Her father, an aging, retired Egyptologist with Alzheimer's, has earned the respect of the locals but his condition is deteriorating quickly - making his information less than useful, despite his close friendship with the dead girl. What Carla does seem to come across is news of missing babies - just hints - but no one seems willing to confirm or deny the information for fear of retribution - like Tamina.
Carla didn't cut the mustard with me. Even though she was a reluctant deputy, she had to have received some investigative training - but you wouldn't know it after reading this novel. She has no outline of a crime or suspects, never remembers what she is looking for much less writing it down in a report or notes, and her search patterns and reasoning are non-existent. I know that amateurs have been modeled this way, but in this Carla is supposed to be considered a professional. I could see if this was supposed to blend into the community in some way, as the residents seem to be fairly laid-back and lackadaisical, but it doesn't.
Maybe the first two books make up for the third in the series, but I would never think to pick them up after reading this one. It, quite simply, was not to my taste. I enjoy most mysteries with something of a paranormal bent, which is what drew me to this one, but I am afraid I this was not one of them. Those who enjoy mysticism and Egyptology may enjoy some of the writings and background.