Alicia Trent and Nick were spending their vacation at his popular dude ranch, Desert Experience, in the Tucson, Arizona area. It didn’t take them long to realize trouble had also arrived at the upscale ranch.
Alicia and Nick were determined to check out the vast property by horseback. In the meantime, one of the newest guests was shot and killed while out riding with a young man who took care of the horses. The sheriff insists that the ranch hand, Cody, was responsible for the killing, although Nick stands by his employee’s innocence.
A couple of teen guests at the ranch with their parents were causing problems including breaking and entering and interfering with a police investigation. Nick put them to work caring for a couple of the horses in an attempt to keep them out of trouble with the staff.
A couple of days later, Alicia and Nick were shocked to discover a well-preserved Indian ruin that included several buildings. The site was quite a ways up and well hidden in the side of the mountain. A short time later they realized someone was planning to steal the Indian artifacts and sell them. The two enlisted their friends and came up with a plan to protect the treasures.
When increased danger and more deaths threaten their own lives, how they handle the challenges before them was the gist of an enthralling story.
Antique Discovery is the third Alicia Trent Mystery by Eileen Harris, and the series continues to entertain. She is also the author of Desert Shadow, another intriguing story.
Much of the fun is that characters from the two previous books show up in this one as well. Barry and Lawrence return and so do Laudine who is from Pennsylvania, and who we met in Antique Forgery.
Harris writes in such a way that the characters start to feel like old friends and that we are getting updates on how they are doing. She spins a great mystery tale by keeping the ultimate surprise until the end although there are quite a number of reveals along the way.
Harris also sets up the next novel with a few hints in the last chapter of the current story providing readers with the feeling of continuity to the series. Fans of the series will certainly look forward to the next Alicia Trent installment!
A special thank you goes to Eileen Harris for providing a complimentary copy of Antique Discovery for our review. If you are interested in any of her books, they are available on Amazon.com.