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False Fortune: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery    by Twist Phelan order for
False Fortune
by Twist Phelan
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If False Fortune isn't in your must-read pile, get it there at once. If it is, place it on top. Attorney Hannah Dain and her half-sister Shelby (they share a father) witness an SUV plunging off a seven-story cliff into a lake. Hannah, with the help of another bystander, Jerry Dan Kovacs, rescues the woman. This act of two good Samaritans leads Hannah to more danger in a short span of time than most of us would face in several lifetimes. And we're along for the ride.

Was the woman's plunge into the lake an accident or an attempt at suicide? Or possibly attempted murder? Hannah's investigation leads her back to the lake and a foray into the Arizonian desert both fraught with danger from snakes of both the slithery, hissing and the two-footed kind. Either can be deadly. She is accompanied by another half-sister (they share a mother) Anuya.

Hannah is a business lawyer, but she does little lawyering this time around. Mostly she is either running from danger or headlong into it. False Fortune is the fourth in the Pinnacle Peak series. It is just as exciting as her other three books. No. I lie! It is more exciting.

Author Twist Phelan is an endurance athlete of the first order and her research for this book included outrigger racing in Australia and surfski paddling in Hawaii. Because of these endeavors, Phelan was able to accurately describe the physical prowess that Hannah possesses and uses to save others' lives as well as her own. False Fortune is full of suspense, thrills and humor. Oh, yeah, and it's a really good mystery.

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