Ridley Pearson, Killer Summer

Posted January 2, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Killer Summer
Series: Walt Fleming, 3
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am enjoying this series. Great characters with breadth and depth. Incredibly intelligent people in the population surrounding Sun Valley, Idaho with an unexpectedly homey, small town setting yet with the glitterati revolving about making it a location for intrigue and suspense.

In this story, a criminal crew is planning a wine heist. Three bottles which Thomas Jefferson gave to Sam Adams…nooo, not the beer guy. Of the reappearing characters, Kevin is coping with the death of his dad with Uncle Walt stepping in as father figure while Walt himself is coping with his wife leaving him for one of his deputies and the ensuing custody issues just as he realizes his attraction for Fiona, a part-time photographer and part-time fishing guide. There is conflict between Walt and the deputy with Pearson doing a lovely job of humanizing Walt.

The Summer characters include Summer Sumner suffering teenage angst and rebelling against her not-quite-up-to-it dad after they both lost her mother to cancer; we eavesdrop on the criminal gang as they prepare and execute their plan; and, then there’s the side issue of whether the wine is real or a fraud.

Absolutely fascinating and I look forward to reading In Harm’s Way.

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