The Mirror Pond Murders finds Dan in sunnier circumstances, his old law firm, impressed by Dan’s actions in Suspects, opens a new office in Bend solving his employment prospects. He married Amy, they make a great couple, both active in the out of doors, committed to their community, and focused on creating a loving family. While Dan had a free hand finding office space and getting started, the firm is sending one of the partners, Sarah Chatham, to head the office. Dan and Amy are both a little nervous about how things will change now that Dan has a boss here in Bend rather than reporting to Portland but Sarah is gracious and smart, someone Dan can learn a lot from.
Moving to Bend is a welcome change for Sarah, recently widowed, she grew up in Bend, planned to retire here with her husband, and has a residence. She has roots in this community. Mindful of the freedom her young associate has enjoyed, Sarah takes care to consider his feelings as she settles in to her new office.
However, both Sarah and Dan will be off and running as a woman’s skeleton is discovered in Mirror Pond. There is a strong possibility the woman was Native American. Sarah has long represented the tribe’s interests and is contacted about the case. Cooperating with Police Detective Jim Sorenson they begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murder, it will not be easy as the skeleton has been in its watery grave a long time.
Twists and turns involve a lot of Central Oregon history and lore, putting Dan and those he loves in danger. Sarah and Dan make for interesting reading as they delve into untangling an old murder and come up with far more than they anticipated. Surprises abound. The Central Oregon setting is beautifully integrated into the story.— Deon Stonehouse
When attorney Sarah Chatham is asked to claim, for local Indians, a girl's skeleton found at the bottom of Mirror Pond, she learns she has a personal connection to the victim of a crime. Sarah is determined to find who is responsible for putting the girl in the water. It won't be the last death related to Sarah, to Mirror Pond, or to Rajneeshpuram--the strangest city ever built in the Northwest.
Working with City of Bend Police Detective, Jim Sorenson, Sarah enlists an uneven team of friends and strangers, with strengths and weaknesses of their own, to uncover the girl's story and reveal the alarming truths behind multiple murders.
About the Author
Ted Haynes is the author of six books, four of them set in Central Oregon. Ted graduated from Dartmouth College and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. He has studied writing with Nancy Packer, Hillary Jordan, Tom Parker, and Donna Levin. He serves on the board of the Waterston Prize for Desert Writing and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. See www.tedhaynes.com
Suspects has just what a mystery ought to have - a bunch of well-drawn lively characters, strong vivid writing, and an imaginative and suspenseful story that keeps you wanting to know what happens next - and, you won't be disappointed. Nancy Packer, Former Director of Creative Writing at Stanford University.