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Buffalo Bill's Defunct: A Latouche County Mystery    by Sheila Simonson order for
Buffalo Bill's Defunct
by Sheila Simonson
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Perseverance Press, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Sheila Simonson is no newcomer to the mystery scene, having five books in the Lark Dodge series to her credit. Now she has begun a new Latouche County series featuring Sheriff's Investigator Rob Neill and librarian Meg McLean. Looks like this series will also be well received.

It takes place around the western end of the Columbia River Gorge, where the Klalo tribe is still upset about the theft of their religious icons over ten years before. This theft of extremely valuable artifacts is of more than monetary significance to them - they feel their heritage has been stolen.

Neill is called when McLean finds a body buried in the floor of her garage with a sliver of a missing petroglyph in the grave. One murder leads to another as they both work to solve the mystery. The reader meets successive characters, all different and each with their own agenda. The chief of the Klalo tribe is a crusty individual and hard to deal with. Next door neighbor Darcy is too nosy to suit Meg. The previous owner of Meg's house is no charmer and only interested in what concerns her. Rob's deputies prove to have sympathetic natures, except for one who thought he would get Rob's job.

I found myself very interested in the history of the tribe and of the area, and wishing the bad guys would get their comeuppance. Buffalo Bill's Defunct is a satisfying read.

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