Just before an Elderhostel trip along the Santa Fe Trail, physical therapist and sleuth James P. "Jim" Dandy sees a Native American woman fall from a building next to his Denver hotel. Once the trip starts, a spectral likeness of the woman starts appearing in the paintings of Jim's lover, Dodee Fisher. After an Elderhostel participant is murdered, Jim and Dodee hurry to solve the murders--before they become the next victims. This fourth entry in the series starts slowly but soon hits its stride as Abresch combines a suspect-rich plot with a revealing glimpse of small-town life and some evocative descriptions of the desert and mountains of the Southwest. Fans of series by such southwestern mystery authors as Tony Hillerman, Margaret Coel, and James Doss should also check out Abresch's Jim Dandy. John Rowen
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