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Desert Redemption: 10 (Lena Jones) (edició 2019)

de Betty Webb (Autor)

Sèrie: Lena Jones Mystery (10)

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At the age of four, Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones was shot in the head and left to die on a Phoenix street. After her rescue, she spent years in the abusive foster care system, never knowing who her parents were and why they didn't claim her. When Desert Redemption begins, she still doesn't know her real name. Lena's rough childhood - and the suspicion that her parents may have been members of a cult - keeps her hackles raised. So when Chelsea, the ex-wife of Harold Slow Horse, a close friend, joins a "new thought" organization called Kanati, Lena begins to investigate. She soon learns that two communes - polar opposites of each other - have sprung up nearby in the Arizona desert. The participants at EarthWay follow a rigorous dietary regime that could threaten the health of its back-to-the-land inhabitants, while the more pleasure-loving folk at Kanati are dining on sumptuous French cuisine. On an early morning horseback ride across the Pima Indian Reservation, Lena finds an emaciated woman's body in the desert. "Reservation Woman" lies in a spot close to EarthWay, clad in a dress similar to the ones worn by its women. But there is something about her face that reminds Lena of the Kanatians. While investigating, Lena's memory is jolted back to that horrible night when her father and younger brother were among those murdered by a cult leader named Abraham, who then vanished. Lena begins to wonder if either EarthWay or Kanati could be linked to that night, and to her own near-death. Could leaders of one or both shed light on what had happened to Lena's mother, who vanished at the same time as Abraham? All these mysteries are resolved in Desert Redemption, the tenth and final Lena Jones case, which can also be enjoyed on its own.… (més)
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Títol:Desert Redemption: 10 (Lena Jones)
Autors:Betty Webb (Autor)
Informació:Poisoned Pen Press (2019), 328 pages
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Desert Redemption is the tenth book in the Lena Jones series of mysteries featuring a Scottsdale private investigator. Lena finds a dead body of an emaciated woman while out riding her horse. She believes it may be linked to a similarly emaciated body found earlier in the same general area. A local artist asks her and her partner to look for his ex-wife who he believes has joined a cult. Lena’s personal history, revealed in her nightmares, makes her very attuned to cults and their dangers so she looks into it, though on the surface it seems more of a luxury spa with some cafeteria New Age/Native American theology mixed in. She also learns of a neighboring commune/cult that provokes even more immediate concern.

In the course of her investigation, all sorts of pieces come together, revealing more about not just these communities but about her own personal history.

I loved Betty Webb’s Desert Redemption and look forward to reading more in the series. Even though my first exposure was the tenth in the series, I never felt lost or out of place in the story, though some revelations might answer questions that filtered through the previous nine books, though that is only a guess. I liked that the mystery was fair. We had all the information we needed to work our own way toward a solution. Webb provided a lot of information about cults and it was integrated naturally into the story. There were no conversations that seemed cribbed from Wikipedia as a means of delivering factual information. It was organic and rose out of the story and Lena’s natural thought processes.

I thought this was an excellent mystery and am excited to read more.

I received a copy of Desert Redemption from the publisher through NetGalley.

Desert Redemption at Poisoned Pen Press

Betty Webb author site

https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/9781464210952/ ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Mar 29, 2019 |
Wow. That was. Wow.

As usual with Lena Jones Mystery series books there's a ton going on in this novel. There's a lot with Jimmy, which is awesome, and there's quite a bit in the past too which is super revealing. This book sorta seemed to me like the present/past colliding in an awesome (well, for the reader at least) way.

Lena is on a couple of missing person sort of cases in this one, while also sorta poking her nose into a murder case that her 'friend' Sylvia is on.

I'm not sure why, but, I got into this novel in the series much faster than some of her previous books in the series. It was a running start and it didn't even come close to slowing down until near the end. It was amazing. And it kept me guessing quite a bit and that's always fun in a mystery/thriller (and it's a bummer if I guess the answer/killer too soon).

An awesome book that was a great read on multiple levels.

I received this book via Netgalley thanks to Poisoned Pen Press. ( )
  DanieXJ | Mar 10, 2019 |
Betty Webb is a bit of a Jekyll-and-Hyde. She writes the light and humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries that are a delight to read, and she writes the much darker Lena Jones series, much of the material of which came from her years as a reporter. I love both series, but my heart has always been with Lena, partly because of how Webb depicts Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area. Webb's Lena Jones series has been consistently excellent, often dealing with important topics like polygamy, and because of her past, Lena is always on the side of children.

It hurt to read Desert Redemption knowing that it's the last book in the series. I haven't always agreed with what Lena has done, but she's become more than a friend through the years. Someone is always telling Lena "You can't do everything" to which she always replies, "But I can always try." You have to have a great deal of respect for someone like that. Everything she's done, everything she's suffered, everything she's fought for, has all led her to the final outcome of this book. Desert Redemption is a bone-deep, satisfying conclusion to this series-- and it contains The Best Last Sentence of a book or series ever. You can read it as a standalone, but I sincerely hope you don't cheat yourself. If you and Lena haven't met, start with Desert Noir. ( )
  cathyskye | Mar 9, 2019 |
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At the age of four, Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones was shot in the head and left to die on a Phoenix street. After her rescue, she spent years in the abusive foster care system, never knowing who her parents were and why they didn't claim her. When Desert Redemption begins, she still doesn't know her real name. Lena's rough childhood - and the suspicion that her parents may have been members of a cult - keeps her hackles raised. So when Chelsea, the ex-wife of Harold Slow Horse, a close friend, joins a "new thought" organization called Kanati, Lena begins to investigate. She soon learns that two communes - polar opposites of each other - have sprung up nearby in the Arizona desert. The participants at EarthWay follow a rigorous dietary regime that could threaten the health of its back-to-the-land inhabitants, while the more pleasure-loving folk at Kanati are dining on sumptuous French cuisine. On an early morning horseback ride across the Pima Indian Reservation, Lena finds an emaciated woman's body in the desert. "Reservation Woman" lies in a spot close to EarthWay, clad in a dress similar to the ones worn by its women. But there is something about her face that reminds Lena of the Kanatians. While investigating, Lena's memory is jolted back to that horrible night when her father and younger brother were among those murdered by a cult leader named Abraham, who then vanished. Lena begins to wonder if either EarthWay or Kanati could be linked to that night, and to her own near-death. Could leaders of one or both shed light on what had happened to Lena's mother, who vanished at the same time as Abraham? All these mysteries are resolved in Desert Redemption, the tenth and final Lena Jones case, which can also be enjoyed on its own.

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