Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
I selected this book for the Color Coded Reading Challenge. The color is: 1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
This book is a cozy mystery featuring China Bayles. China and her business partner Ruby go to Indigo for a dye workshop and to set up a booth in the arts and crafts festival for the weekend. They stay with China's friend Allison. They find out that Allison's uncle plans to sell the town and surrounding properties to a mining company. This will end the town. Everyone is upset and on the first night of the festival Allison's uncle is murdered. Who did it??
The man died fast and hard and in true Texas style, stepping into a shotgun blast that lifted his feet off the ground and slammed him backward through the door he'd just opened, into the powdery dust of the street. Nobody actually saw him die, but the report of his passing was loud enough to be heard by the amateur players in a makeshift theater across the alley, just at the end of the Friday night performance of Indigo's Blue, or Hard Times on the Blackland Prairie. The cast and most of the audience rushed out into the October night to see what had happened, followed by the San Antonio television crew that had come to shoot the performance.
That's why, on the following evening's TV newscast, you might have seen a dead man staring blankly up at the night sky, surrounded by a crowd of wide-eyed, open-mouthed women in the long skirts and puff-sleeved shirtwaists of the 1890s, a gaudy whore in red, white, and blue spangles, and a country doctor in a frock coat and top hat, groping inexpertly for a pulse. But from the gaping hole in the victim's chest and the amount of real blood that had soaked into the dust around the body, it was clear to the assembled crowd--which included Mike McQuaid, Ruby Wilcox, and me, China Bayles--that we might as well skip EMS and phone the sheriff.
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