Brilliant new heroine Maddie Vaughn-Alwin makes her daring debut, discovering that speakeasies conceal more than just liquor. Madeline Vaughn-Alwin's picture-perfect life fades to gray when her childhood sweetheart perishes in the Great War. The aspiring painter leaves her wealthy New York family behind to travel across the country and start over in California. But when Maddie reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico, she halts her westward journey, certain she has found her new home amid the striking scenery and inspiring artistic community. To help out around her new adobe cottage, Maddie hires the Anayas, a local Native American family. But when the father is found murdered outside a speakeasy, the police brush off the death as just another inebriated man finding trouble. Shocked and distraught, Maddie takes on the case herself. But as she investigates, she learns that the Anayas' home life was not what it seemed. And just as she's starting to see the bigger picture, the autopsy reveals that her suspects' alibis don't hold up. Santa Fe Mourning, Amanda Allen's richly evocative first Santa Fe Revival mystery, is perfect for fans of Victoria Thompson and Rhys Bowen.
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by Ann Myers
by Victoria Thompson
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"The author has written passionate historical romances and a series of Elizabethan mysteries under another name. Now writing as Amanda Allen, she gives us the first in the Sante Fe Revival Mysteries, introducing us to intrepid New York socialite Maddie Vaughn-Alwin. Narrator Amy McFadden's voice is well suited to the romantic tone of this narrative. Having lost her husband in the Great War, Maddie creates a new home and art studio for herself in Sante Fe but soon finds herself committed to solving a murder. McFadden does an especially good job creating voices for the Anayas family members from the Pueblo, who serve as household help and substitute family for Maddie. E.Q. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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