Private investigator Eddie Shoes heads to a resort outside Leavenworth, Washington, for a mother-daughter getaway weekend. Eddie’s mother Chava wants to celebrate her new job at a casino by footing the bill for the two of them, and who is Eddie to say no?
On the first morning, Eddie goes on an easy solo hike, and a few hours later, stumbles upon a makeshift campsite and a gravely injured man. A forest fire breaks out and she struggles to save him before the flames overcome them both. Before succumbing to his injuries, the man hands her a valuable rosary. He tells her his daughter is missing and begs for her help. Is Eddie now working for a dead man?
Barely escaping the fire, Eddie wakes in the hospital to find both her parents have arrived on the scene. Will Eddie’s card-counting mother and mob-connected father help or hinder the investigation? The police search in vain for a body. How will Eddie find the missing girl with only Eddie’s memory of the man’s face and a photo of his daughter to go on?
About the Author
CREDIT MARK PERLSTEIN
After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”
In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.
When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
As I began to read the book I had this thought in my head. I felt like I was standing in front of a painting looking at the mountains as a car carefully climbed up the mountaintop. You know that feeling you get at a museum when the picture captures your attention? You can feel yourself understand exactly what the painter was thinking when they put the picture on canvas. I know it sounds weird but the author is so descriptive that I actually could feel myself in the car with Eddie and her mother Chava. What a nice adventure they were going on and I was in the back seat excited to join along.
Eddie's big adventure with her mom at the resort sounds like so much fun. As Eddie begins her hike I thought maybe her dog should have joined her. I know I wouldn't be able to hike as far as she had planned. On her way back, things take a bad turn. Who is the man she finds? Why is he so desperate to find his daughter? This is when the author really peaks my curiosity. After reading the disaster that happens in the mountains, I don't think I will be doing any hiking any time soon.
The story is very intense and leads Eddie and her parents on a dangerous expedition. I loved Eduardo and Chava. They are great characters and do the best they can to protect their daughter. Eduardo was my favorite character in the story. I loved his strong personality and attention to details. He was highly intelligent and had no fear. I felt that with Eduardo and Chava helping with the investigation it made the story more intriguing. The author delivers a first rate story that involves a mysterious compound found deep in the mountains. Eddie finds it hard to get answers from the community , but with the help of her parents they will discover a secret that could get them killed. This is definitely a story you can't put down and will lead readers to an unexpected ending.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.