Rubicon Ranch: Riley's Story

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A little girl’s body has been found in the wilderness near the desert community of Rubicon Ranch. Was it an accident? Or . . . murder! But who would want to kill a child? Everyone in this upscale housing development is hiding something. More
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Words: 80,510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301420247
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Review by: Sheila Deeth on March 28, 2014 :
I read occasional chapters of this novel online while it was being written. BBut now, at last, I’ve been able to read the whole thing in one setting, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Different authors pen chapters from the points of view of different characters. But the end of each tale meshes perfectly with the next, and the story progresses, through twists and turns (and death), to its mysterious, perfectly logical conclusion, while the reader is left to guess, imagine, wonder, and reflect.

The inhabitants of Rubicon Ranch are a mixed bunch, with accidental killers, accused pedophile, angry son, angry widow, and singularly dubious strangers staying at the local B&B. In classic Agatha Christie style, they might all have reasons to kill, and to hide, in a desert development where even the sheriff has his secrets. But which one, or ones, did the deed?

Feisty widow Melanie teams up, reluctantly, with the handsome sheriff. Seeing the world through a camera’s eye, and describing it with a writer’s sense of detail, she’s either the best at hiding her motives, or else she just hasn’t looked in the right place yet. Their tense relationship is fun, filled with promise for future books in a series that’s most un-traditionally written, but classically cool and enticing.

The desert’s pretty cool too—seriously hot, beautifully described, thoroughly genuine, and with snakes in the grass. I really enjoyed this delightfully traditional, thoroughly modern mystery.

Disclosure: I bought this when it was free and can hardly believe it took me so long to get around to reading it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ann Stanmore on Feb. 26, 2013 :
I absolutely loved this book. I simply had to keep reading! Having different authors worked, each chapter seamlessly continuing where the previous chapter left off.
I highly recommend this book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Eric Hermanson on Sep. 25, 2012 :
Let me start off by saying that i am not a big reader however once I started this book I couldnt put it down. With different authors writing each chapter it was like reading a new book every time i picked it up: which just made me want to keep reading. I would highly recommend this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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