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When wild horse rescue director Tom Watts is found dead on Duck Road, newly re-elected mayor Dae O’Donnell is determined to find out who killed him. Her friend Jake Burleson is accused of killing Tom even though the two men have been good friends for years.
The problem is the excavation of the horse cult that’s been happening on Jake’s property. Tom and several archaeologists working on the project think that Jake should give up his land to widen the search for artifacts. Jake won’t do that.
It’s not that Jake hasn’t been acting strangely. He shoved one of the ancient stone horses into Dae’s hands when he knew she was afraid to touch it. He’s obsessed with stopping the excavation—maybe to the point of killing Tom.
But Dae thinks there may be more to the story. Jake’s determination has shown her what the horse cult was used for thousands of years ago, the destruction the demon horses brought before they were stopped. She’s afraid something of the past may have already returned to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and there may be more deaths to come.
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Dae’s Christmas Past by Joyce & Jim Lavene is the sixth book in the Missing Pieces Mystery series, but the first that I’ve read in this series. I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I started reading, but I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by the Lavenes, so I figured I would like this one, too. I was right. 🙂 Dae is the mayor of Duck, NC, and she also has some special abilities. She is able to ‘see’ an object’s history by simply touching it. This helps her find lost things and even lost people. The authors did a nice job of explaining this and I felt like I understood what was going on even though I haven’t read other books in this series.
Dae’s Christmas Past by Joyce & Jim Lavene is a top-notch cozy mystery. It is fast-paced and the perfect book to spend an afternoon with, because you won’t want to put it down once you start reading. I was quickly immersed in the characters, the town of Duck, NC, and the mystery from the beginning. I kept trying to guess what was going to happen, but couldn’t. I loved Dae and I really want to go back and read the earlier books in the series now.
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