This is a darker and more serious mystery than Grimes main series, she is best known for writing clever, very amusing mysteries featuring Scotland Yard Detective Richard Jury and his aristocratic pal Melrose Plant. Biting the Moon opens with a teenage girl snowshoeing in the Sandia Mountains; checking traps and freeing coyotes. She travels with medical supplies to heal them and ease their suffering; they leave her grateful for a return to their wild lives. The girl has white blond hair and vivid green eyes that miss nothing. She doesn’t know her name, so she chose Andi. A few months back, she awoke in a Santa Fe room alone. She had been taken there by a man, she doesn’t know what he looks like, and she has no memory of anything prior to that awakening. Fearing he will soon return, she skedaddles, taking refuge in the mountains. But the unknown worries her, what if the man comes back and finds her again? On a trip into town for supplies, Andi meets Mary Dark Hope, an orphan living with Rosella. The teens quickly become close. They devise a plan to find the man who abducted Andi. Rosella will be away for a short time, while she is gone the teens will flee, first to Colorado, then the Salmon River in Idaho where they will track a man who is totally lacking in conscience but gifted with abundant charm and money. On a wild white water rafting trip, they will experience his lethal cunning. Their journey will change the teens; they will see the dark side of human nature in a canned hunt and dog fight. I believe those who cherish animals will find this a satisfying story, the scenes of abuse take up very little of the story. Andi becomes an avenging angel for the animals; she rocks! We need people like Andi who will not look away and who have the courage and bravery to take action. The majority of the story focuses on a teenager trying to discover what happened to her, what she can no longer remember. The settings are beautiful. According to the Born Free organization there are over a thousand canned hunts in the United States. Only Arizona bans them. Dog fighting is a felony in 48 of our states, yet the ASPCA says that tens of thousands of people are involved in dog fighting. For anyone who feels they must prove their courage by fighting dogs or engaging in canned hunts, some advice. Save your money, you haven’t got any courage, honor either.— Deon Stonehouse
In a unique departure from her acclaimed Richard Jury novels, bestselling author Martha Grimes presents "a lyrical coming-of-age journey" (Chicago Sun-Times) featuring two characters from her previous novels.
A nameless young woman awakes in a strange bed-and-breakfast with a message that her "Daddy" will soon return. Fearing the worst, she flees into the wilderness and meets Mary Dark Hope. Together, the two track down the one person who holds the key to the girl's identity: The man who abducted her.
"A HARROWING ROAD TRIP." --New York Times Book Review
"MESMERIZING." --Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.