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Blood country : a Claire Watkins mystery
Logue, Mary.
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New York : Walker & Co., 1999.
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312 pages ; 22 cm
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Police officer Clare Watkins moves with her young daughter to Wisconsin to get away from the past and it's bad memories. But Clare doesn't know that her ten-year-old daughter Meg not only witnessed the hit-and-run accident that killed her father, she had also seen the man who was driving...and had been seen by him.

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Booklist Review

In a promising start to a new series, Logue introduces Claire Watkins, police officer, widow, and mom to 10-year-old Meg. After her husband's death, supposedly due to a hit-and-run accident, Claire leaves behind a promising law-enforcement career in Minnesota to become a routine patrol officer in a tiny Wisconsin town. Hoping for quiet time to heal, Claire and Meg are about to have their world rocked again as their kindly elderly neighbor is murdered, and Meg confesses that she saw the face of the man who killed her father. Logue deftly blends suspense with personal drama as Claire is courted by her old partner and a mysterious man in her new town. An interesting ancillary character is Claire's sister, Bridget, who has man troubles of her own and unwittingly becomes part of the killer's scheme. Although her plot is at times predictable, Logue has created an appealingly human bunch of characters who just may gel into a fine ensemble. Give this series a chance to develop. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the scenic bluff country along the Mississippi River of western Wisconsin, this first in a series launch introduces Claire Watkins, a deputy sheriff for the Pepin County Police Department. Claire, a former Minneapolis police detective, and her 10-year-old daughter Meg fled the Twin Cities after her husband, Steve, also a cop, was killed. When Landers Anderson, an elderly neighbor who befriended Claire and Meg, dies of a heart attack after being sideswiped with a shovel, Claire determines to find the culprit. This involves delving into Landers's family history and investigating the machinations of a right-wing group, Homeowners of America, that is buying up property to build an environmentally unsound development. At the same time, Meg fearfully admits to Claire that she saw the man who killed Steve. Claire contacts her former partner, Det. Bruce Jacobs, and prods him into accelerating the investigation into Steve's death. The murderer, who has a mysterious police informant, tries to kidnap Meg but instead grabs Claire's pregnant sister Bridget, who gets away. Meanwhile, Claire's complex relationship with Bruce (they slept together once, he carries a torch for her, she's not sure she's ready) is challenged by her attraction to a neighbor, Rich Haggard. While the Anderson case has a satisfying solution, the mystery surrounding Steve's murder concludes with a killer most readers will have identified long before he's revealed. Although the plot development is heavy-handed and the dialogue often stilted, Logue has created some appealing characters in an attractive, offbeat setting. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In this new series start, Claire Watkins, a deputy sheriff in Fort St. Antoine, WI, investigates the murder of her next-door neighbor, a pleasant, aging gardener with no apparent enemies. When she encounters the man's bitter brother and community controversy surrounding a new townhouse development, however, she begins to think otherwise. Then, too, there's the hit-and-run driver who killed Claire's husband a year ago and may be tracking her daughterÄwho just happened to witness the incident. Surly suspects, small-town surroundings, and solid prose make this a welcome addition to most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.