by Judith Ann Isaacs
In a historic New Mexico village, a woman reveals long-buried secrets to solve two murders and deflect accusations against her best friend.
As a rule, Amelie Jameson loves her work as a software consultant to small town police departments in the Four Corners area. Her current job becomes less enjoyable when a woman is murdered in the tub next to her at Cañon Springs’ main attraction: the historic bathhouse. Within short order, another woman is murdered in hot water, and Amelie’s best friend becomes the prime suspect. When Marshal Carlton Duran, Amelie’s on-again, off-again lover, seems in over his head, she decides to help, which doesn’t seem like such a good idea when she, too, is nearly killed. Her investigation uncovers a dispute that goes back more than two centuries and another deadly discovery that takes everyone by surprise.
Set in the mountains of northern New Mexico, Into Hot Water explores the depth of two women’s friendship played out against rhythms and texture of small-town life.