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Public relations consultant Sasha Solomon travels to Belen, New Mexico, to help the small town increase tourism using a former Harvey House as the main attraction. Two factions think they’ve got the key to Belen’s economic success. The train enthusiasts hope to transform the building into a bed and breakfast complete with a restored Fred Harvey restaurant. The equally vocal artists want to create a world-class gallery with the “blasphemous” art of Phillipa Petty—an internationally known painter and local denizen—at its center.
When Solomon finds Petty’s murdered body in the artist’s studio, the consultant’s life becomes much more difficult than mere press releases and returns-on-investment.
Sasha Solomon is having a bad day. Fired from her job as PR director at an Albuquerque HMO, she is dealing with an ailing mother and trying to figure out the origins of hallucinations that include conversations with her cat.
Sasha heads for Clovis, a small town in southeastern New Mexico, where she’ll bid on a project for the Chamber of Commerce. While there, she will check in with her widowed friend Mae King. Mae, a local dairy farmer, is clearly out of sorts and shows Sasha the reason. There’s a body in one of her stock tanks—a Singaporean aviator stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. Who killed him and why? What was he doing on Mae’s land? Why won’t she go to the police?
Sasha must clear her friend’s name, find the murderer, and land the PR job with the Chamber of Commerce within a week. But there are other forces at work who will stop at nothing to keep her from the truth. Sasha soon discovers that there’s a lot more to Clovis than a dot on a map.