"Deadly Turn", by Sandra Neily

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In Deadly Turn, protagonist Patton Conover returns, along with her propensity to ask troublesome questions and show up where she’s not welcome. Patton is hired by a research firm to collect dead birds and bats at Maine wind-power generation sites. When a turbine explodes, she stumbles over part of a corpse, unwittingly implicating both herself and her beloved dog Pock. Under a brutal autumn heat wave and the unblinking scrutiny of Game Warden Moz (another mystery in her life), she’s drawn into a battle among wind-power developers, green-power activists, and locals. Adopted by a teenaged trapper who moves into her cabin with an illegal captive eagle, Patton is once again offered only outlaw solutions to fight for a disappearing world and clear her name.

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  • 5
    Great mystery

    Posted by Meredith Marple on Sep 30th 2020

    Deep-woods Maine is always worth the wait Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020 Verified Purchase Well, it was worth the wait. Sandra Neily has delivered another muscular, creative mystery in her Deadly series of whodunits set in deep-woods Maine. This one, Deadly Turn, revolves around wind power, and the protagonist learns along with the rest of us a lot more about the forces surrounding those blades than we ever thought to ask. Deadly Turn picks up where Deadly Trespass left off in terms of the roiling romantic undercurrent between protagonist Cassandra Patton Conover (Patton) and Game Warden Moz Atkins. We learn more about their individual driving forces as well as the forces behind the new story’s masterfully interconnected plot points. Patton’s daughter, Kate, and ex-husband Evan get more lines, as do Patton’s long-standing friends. Extra engaging are the teenager Chandler Perkins (Chan) and Teddy, the young bald eagle he is illegally raising. Neily’s second mystery puts me in mind of that other creative genius, Rube Goldberg. Cartoonist Goldberg invented complex engineering solutions to solve potential needs; author Neily invents multilayered scenarios to flush out the bad guys and endear readers to the good guys. Trust me, you won’t see what’s coming. And you’ll love it. 2 people found this helpful