Monday, July 16, 2012
Anasazi Intrigue by Linda Weaver Clarke
As you may recall, I did a review a little while back of the 4th book in this series. I enjoyed that book so much, that I asked the author, Linda Weaver Clarke, if I could read the first in the series and do a review of that book as well. Linda said she would be glad to do it, and I definitely was glad to read it.
This is the introduction to the characters of John and Julia Evans, though for some reason, Julia is referred to as "Julia Roberts" in the beginning of this book. John is professional knife maker and Julia is a newspaper journalist. John is working with a man, Paul, who is in the midst of uncovering artifacts of the Anasazi Indians. It seems that there are individuals who are out to steal the treasure and Paul will do whatever he needs to keep the treasure safe and the heritage of the Anasazi Indians alive. At the same time, Julia has uncovered a case of cyanide poisoning of fish and some other animals around the river area. This will be the first real break for her writing career if she's right on the cause of the poisoning, but is she right? What kind of danger has she put herself in as she investigates this story? Can John and Paul work together to keep the treasure safe? All great questions, and ones that will be answered when you BUY THE BOOK!
This was another great and easy read by Linda Weaver Clarke. I believe the last book I compared to "Murder She Wrote", but I think I might have been off base. She mentions in the start of this book that this is more like the TV Show, "Hart To Hart", and I believe she is spot on with the analogy. I love the information that she shares with us through the course of the story about the Anasazi Indians. This to me is the best way to learn about something new, all in the course of doing something that I enjoy, READING! Her characters are so life-like in their banter with each other, and the descriptions of what they see and do are very vivid.
Is this a "guy's book"? My answer would be yes. As in the other book that I reviewed, this book is filled with intrigue and adventure, two things that will keep any guy coming back for more.
I received this book from the author for my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and have made my home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I have been happily married for 36 years and am the mother of six daughters and have four wonderful grandchildren .
After my family began to leave the nest, I decided it was time to finish what I had started long ago. I decided to go back to college and get a degree. It had been 30 years since I had been to college and it was one of the most frightening things I had ever done. I had to learn how to study and take tests all over again. The first day of college, I was a nervous wreck and wondered if I could do this, but with the support of my husband and children I was able to graduate. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Music at Southern Utah University and received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award for the College of Performing Arts in 2002. During the meantime, I cut a CD named "Romantic Love Songs of Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert."
I have enjoyed writing short stories and novels for several years but it took a lot of courage to begin submitting them. After "Melinda and the Wild West" was published, I entered it in the Reader Views Literary Contest and my book was chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the "Reviewers Choice Awards 2007." It was one of the top ten out of hundreds of other entries.
Linda is graciously offering an ebook of "Anasazi Intrigue" to a random someone leaving a comment on this review. So leave a comment and contact information in case you are the winner!