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Two widows strike up an unlikely friendship while one of them is buying ammunition in her new home town of Tullulah, Ala.

Jane Thistle has an interesting past. Her husband, the Colonel, got her involved in spying, and her expertise at armed and unarmed combat is a secret she guards well. Her next-door neighbor Cal, a dour eccentric with Native-American ancestors and a drinking problem, thinks Jane’s love for the land makes her the perfect candidate to buy his spread in order to protect it from developers. When Jane and her new friend Phoebe Twigg find a body at his firing range, Cal, who clearly has something to hide, is the obvious suspect until he is killed himself. During a visit from Jane, Phoebe’s kitchen is firebombed. She responds by purchasing an assault weapon, having it hand-painted in her favorite colors and spying on some rednecks she suspects did the deed. Meanwhile, Jane’s reputedly haunted house is visited by teenaged ghostbusters, and she gets a warning phone call from a dead man. Jane’s training comes in handy when she has to rescue Phoebe and Cal’s lawyer from the paramilitary types who murdered Cal. Only when the man behind it all is revealed will Jane be free to show Phoebe the sacred land they swear to protect with their lives.

The gutsy gals’ debut is full of paranormal twists and amusingly cozy characters.

Pub Date: April 19th, 2007
ISBN: 0-312-36063-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006