Tempe Crabtree is part Native American. She is a resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. In Deadly Trail, she is getting ready for her upcoming marriage to a minister. They have cultural differences and she has instincts that help her find the truth when the owner of an Inn dies from poisoning. The detectives are ready to slap cuffs on Nick Two John the Native American who helped build a nature trail at the Inn and nurtures the native plants. Tempe is accused of not believing Two John killed the Inn owner because of their heritage. But she has other reasons to believe Two John innocent and the real killer is lurking in the shadows.
This is a great start to the series. I'm looking forward to reading more of Tempe's exploits.
Blurb for Deadly Trail
Detectives don’t look any further than Nick Two John as the suspect suspicious death of the owner of Bear Creek Inn. Putting the planning of her wedding on hold, Deputy Tempe Crabtree soon discovers there are several people who wanted the victim dead. Tempe follows the trail of clues putting her upcoming marriage and herself in peril.