Poisoned Pen Press, 2012, 250 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1464200465
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
In 1916 Alafair and Shaw Tucker’s ten year-old daughter Blanche is suffering from a disease of the lungs. No matter what Alafair or the doctors tried Blanche did not improve. Alafair’s youngest sister Elizabeth lives in Tempe, Arizona. Alafair cannot pass up the opportunity to see if the dry air will cure Blanche’s health problems while visiting her sister. Shaw decides that the older children are capable of handling the farm and all the responsibilities while he accompanies his wife and daughter on their trip.
Blanche begins improving almost immediately when they arrive in Arizona. Elizabeth is married to a lawyer and has a six-year-old son Chase. Chase is a terror and Elizabeth seems to have no control over him whatsoever.
Elizabeth plans a welcome party for Alafair and Shaw. The Tucker’s are introduced to Elizabeth’s neighbors and friends. The party is okay, but Alafair soon realizes that all is not well with her sister. Elizabeth’s marriage does not appear to be in the best of shape, the community is talking constantly of Pancho Villa’s raids, and tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities.
The morning after the party Alafair discovers a body in a ditch. Most of the community knows the victim but no one knows or will admit to knowing the reason for his murder. Alafair’s detective instinct moves into high gear and in spite of warnings from Shaw she immediately begins her own investigation. The fact that there is a movie company from Hollywood in Tempe making a film adds another element to the puzzles Alafair is trying to solve.
Wrong Hill to Die On is a great addition to the Alafair Tucker series. It is not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this current novel.