a dead red aliba
Lalla Bains is scheduled to marry her sweetheart, Sheriff Caleb Stone, but he’s a no-show at the ceremony. Angry, Lalla decides to go off and cool down. When her Aunt Mae gives her a wedding present, the deed to an old abandoned mining property in Wishbone, Arizona, Lalla decides it’s far enough away from Modesto, California to meet her needs, so off she goes with her father to check out her new property.
Things quickly go from bad to worse when her dad goes off by himself, and she later finds him at the bottom of an old mine pit, along with the body of Wishbone’s sheriff.
R.P. Dahlke’s A Dead Red Alibi is a rib-tickling murder mystery, with enough chuckles and scares to keep you awake for a good long time. Witty dialogue, descriptive settings, and more plot twists than a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park, this story sets the standard for humorous mystery. Between laughing and shivering, you’ll find something here to like on almost every page. It has everything, from coyotes (both the four-legged kind and the alien smuggling kind) to cold-hearted killers for chills, and wacky characters with enough unresolved issues to warm the heart of a therapist. This one’s a keeper, for sure.
An easy five stars for Dahlke’s fourth volume in the Dead Red series of humorous mysteries.