Summary from Goodreads:
A Treasure to Die For takes place in Colorado and involves some amateur sleuths: a middle age, unemployed software engineer turned handy-man slash writer; his neighbor, a 69 year old widow; and of course, Fred, his golden. Between the three of them they track down a murderer who wants a copy of Tom Sawyer so bad, he is willing to kill for it. But it’s not any copy, only the right edition will do. He’s trying to find the location of the lost Tenderfoot mine in the Colorado Rockies which has been written in code by a 19th century miner who found it then died before telling anyone. The miner used his personal copy of Tom Sawyer to encode the message before dying on Mosquito Pass. The message wasn’t found until the early fifties by some uranium miners. No one was able to decode it until now.
The characters in this book are so vibrant. They jump off the page and materialize in your head so easily.
Jake, Bonnie, Fred and even Jake’s dead wife Julie are all so well described I came away from the book feeling like I knew them all. Since Fred is a dog, I’d say that’s some serious skill from the author.
The treasure is both an integral part of the story but not at the same time. I didn’t feel like as the reader I got the closure on that part of the story that I was looking for. It never really gets resolved.
That’s my only compliant with the book.
There are plenty of twists and turns. Plenty of emotional dilemmas. The pacing is done well. There are no real lulls. Everything comes together in a clever way at the end of the book.
The story is original, which I was happy about since treasure stories tend to get tedious. But, like I said, this story isn’t so much about the treasure as it is about the actions people will take to gain treasure. Which was a nice change.
I was genuinely surprised with the ending. I thought I had figured out who the real killer was but I was wrong. I like that. I don’t want the mystery easy to solve and it wasn’t.
The writing was fun to read. The story was original and memorable. The characters are vibrant and interesting. The setting is intriguing and attention getting. The premise is catchy. I enjoyed the story. I would definitely read more from this author.
Because I felt the treasure issue didn’t get a real solution, I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was the only thing holding the story back from being great but, it mattered enough I was annoyed and felt like I was left hanging.
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The Technical Data:
Title: A Treasure to Die For | Author(s): Richard Houston |
Publisher: Books To Die For / Publication Date: 10-1-2015 | Pages: 250 (ebook) | ISBN: 978-1517620165 | Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller/Suspense | Language: English |Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-15-2015 | Source: Copy From Author