The Madera Murder

About the book: Spending an entire summer in the company of her estranged father is the last thing Ashley Delgado is interested in. But what self-respecting twenty one year old can resist the promise of a vacation in Mexico? She should have known it was too good to be true. Her dreams of exotic adventure come crashing down when she and her father arrive at their destination: the Madera Hacienda. Once a proud symbol of wealth and success, the ramshackle estate is falling apart, and the Madera family has hired Ashley's lawyer father to help save the family home. A dusty derelict ranch is not the vacation she had in mind-but Ashley can't deny a thrilling shiver of premonition. When she hears rumors of a tragic eighteenth-century death and a long hidden treasure, Ashley joins the centuries-long search of the mysterious trove in the company of a group of American archaeological students. But as the shocking clues lead Ashley closer to the hidden riches, it becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep the secret of the treasure--and the next tragic death may well be her own...

My review: This book has been in my TBR pile for a while. I'm glad I can finally start crossing a few off of my list here and there!

Ashley Delgato is just your average college student. She's just finished her first year when her father, who has broken up their family with his drinking shows up and asks her to accompany him on a business trip to Mexico. She's eventually convinced, but knows when he shows up drunk that he has not changed his ways. Their welcome at the Madera Hacienda is not a warm one, the matriarch has hired Ashley's father to find a treasure that no one else in the family believes exists. And the family does not want him there at all. And there's talk of ghosts. And soon a murder. Can Ashley figure out what's going on before she herself is killed?

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun murder mystery. There were a few parts that were a bit predictable, but I had not guessed who the murderer was before it was revealed. This book is a fun, quick read that will keep you guessing. I didn't want to put it down!

I borrowed this book from my local library.

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