Geologist Frankie MacFarlane and P.I. Philo Dain, just back from Afghanistan, are packing for an R&R trip to a cooler clime when PhiloÆs Aunt Heather is murdered in her empty Tucson mansion. Her husband, wealthy developer Derek Dain, is the prime suspect. The day before, Heather had left town with the Dain coin collection, worth millions. Now it's missing.
Though Philo and his uncle havenÆt spoken in years, Philo and Frankie agree to backtrack Heather on a quest that takes them from the sun-baked Tucson Basin to the foggy San Francisco Peninsula. Among CaliforniaÆs fault-scarred hills they uncover painful secrets from PhiloÆs pastùand clues to a mysterious chess set worthy of kings, long protected by one family and long coveted by another. A treasure worth killing forùbut who will survive to claim it?
Praise for previous Frankie MacFarlane Mysteries
ôYou donÆt have to be a geologist to enjoy a mystery based on geology, but chances are good that after finishing Hoodoo, you might just hustle out to the nearest rock pile and begin poking around. The enthusiasm that Miller, herself a geologist, has for her subject is infectious.ö ùMystery Scene
ôWell-developed characters, a lyrically drawn sense of place, a budding romance, and the importance of family and friends distinguish this mystery series.ö ùBooklist
ôA rollicking pentimento of fieldwork gone afoul!ö ùGeotimes
ôAssured and erudite.ö ùPublishers Weekly
ôA gripping thriller, exciting and eager to lure the reader into a labyrinth of human deceit. . . . Attention Hollywoodùthis is the stuff from which blockbuster movies can be made!ö ùMidwest Book Review