Jemma Chase’s parents own a dude ranch near Boone where she works as a trail leader. The ranch’s dining hall serves as a gathering place for locals as well as guests, with good food and better gossip. When a rash of strange crimes begin to happen in town, Detective Tucker and his partner investigate all possible suspects, including Jemma. The crimes become more serious, and then Jemma’s horse finds a dead body near a trail. Tucker realizes that Jemma isn’t a suspect, she’s a target. Jemma’s natural curiousity leads her to play CSI and investigate the crimes on her own in order to help Detective Tucker and the police department find out who is behind the crimes. Detective Tucker is impressed with Jemma’s moxie, leaving readers to wonder if his desire to serve and protect is purely professional.
This is the third novel in Bishop’s Appalachian Adventure series.