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Falcon's Bend Case Files II    by Karen Wiesner & Chris Spindler order for
Falcon's Bend Case Files II
by Karen Wiesner
Order:  USA  Can
Swimming Kangaroo Books, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Pat Elliott

Falcon's Bend Case Files Volume II includes 284 pages with six short stories featuring Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent (along with Officers Carfi and Jenson). The stories are well written, properly mysterious, and give a real life feel for characters we know from previous books.

Murder on the Heartstrings finds Pete Shasta and wife Lisa getting away on a romantic vacation, only to be snowed in with a corpse stuffed in a janitor's closet. Pete has no choice but to take over the investigation. Lisa proves to be an able-bodied helper. This is an entertaining, plausible story.

Flashback will send shivers up your back. Do not read it in the dark, alone. It features Danny Vincent, who is sure he gets all the supernatural cases when Pete is out of town. Double Take is about a missing painting. I'm not into the art world so did not relate to this story.

Retribution finds Lisa Shasta and Melody Vincent (wives of Pete and Danny) rescuing two children, and putting away a kidnapper and a rapist. Up in Smoke is about the destruction of a Christmas tree farm at the peak of the season. Was it an accident or was it arson?

Ghost of the Past features Officer Amber Carfi as she befriends a woman who claims someone is following her. The moral of this story is Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out.

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