Grave Disturbance: A Pacific Northwest Mystery

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Winner of the Malice Domestic GrantFinalist for the Nancy Pearl Book AwardGrace Vaccaro works as a mental health evaluator-if a person is a danger to self or others, she orders hospitalization. When a paranoid man she just released is found bludgeoned to death on the banks of the Snoqualmie River, Grace wonders if she could have done more to help him. When her neighbor is found dead in the same location, she suspects a connection.

Grace's search for answers leads her from a Seattle homeless encampment to the rainy forests of the Cascade foothills. The results are never clear. A Mexican immigrant fears deportation and refuses to talk to the police. A Native American elder works to conceal the location of ancestral gravesites. And a pregnant woman Grace just evaluated is terrified. Are her statements delusional or does she have information leading to the murderer?

As Grace comes closer to the truth, her quiet home is invaded and she is the next target. She must face the killer alone and learn how far she will go to protect herself and others.

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Martha Crites has worked in community and inpatient mental health for twenty years and taught at the Quileute Tribal School on the Washington coast. She lives with her husband in Seattle. When she isn’t working and writing, you will find her walking or volunteering on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Please visit her at www.MarthaCrites.com.

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A taut and intelligent whodunit, Crites’ first book thrives on its grim Northwestern atmosphere and dark contemporary themes. Grace Vaccaro lives in rural Washington state, where she works as a mental health professional. When local filmmaker Martin Hanish is found murdered, Grace faces several difficult questions: Why was his home ransacked? What did he discover while filming a documentary about local lands? And what secrets are Martin’s friends and colleagues harboring? Crites carefully lays out her clues and relationships and she even provides a convincing red herring. Most impressively, the author uses her own expertise in mental health to her advantage, probing suspects with the perceptive questions of a skilled therapist. The most vital information is embedded in the world of extreme mental illness, and it’s clear that only Grace can puzzle it out. Crites’ first-person descriptions are rich and believable. As the plot unravels, issues of greed and social justice intersect, touching particularly on Washington’s maligned Native American community. When the culprit is unmasked, the scene unfolds naturally, and it’s easy to see how a selfish personality could become a willing murderer. In this gothic environment, Grace’s only fault is her obsessive desire to help people, an impulse that has gotten her physically burned, manipulated, and attacked. Grace continues the tradition of smart professional women becoming accidental gumshoes, and she is a welcome addition to the club. One hopes for a sequel, although a married, mothering, gold-hearted protagonist like Grace could use a few more flaws to round out her character. A sharply written mystery introducing a new detective with a lot of promise

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