Dickinson, North Dakota might be a blue highway town on a 1964 map, but it's a red alert location on any detective mystery-lover's radar. Get anyplace close to this seemingly straight-laced college town in the middle of not-so-great climate and you can expect twisting and turnings of events that further unsettle the tough time life of farmwife Marjorie Trumaine, who makes ends meet as an indexer for nonfiction books. We first met her last year in Larry D. Sweazy's series debut See Also Murder. If that treat passed you by, pick up a copy along with the new title. Marjorie's day starts out with a looming deadline — finish the index for a book about common plants particular to North Dakota. She's a pinch close to completing the task, save for one point the book's author fails to include. So Marjorie falls back on her trusted librarian to fill in the missing connection. Four rings and no answer at the library unsettles Marjorie. Librarian Calla always — that's always — answers on the first ring. What follows is a quest beyond "was musk thistle a perennial plant or a biennial plant? " Or maybe there's a connection to this "much hated invasive weed" in how things turn out. Read the book, let me know what you think, but seriously, watch your back.
Noblesville-based author Sweazy has award-winning titles across the genres of Western Fiction, Detective Fiction, Mystery and Short Stories. My all-time favorite, The Devil's Bones, set in northern Indiana reveals an essential aspect of life as an immigrant in the Hoosier state. When you go to one of the book signings for See Also Deception, peruse other titles — they all make fine summertime reading.
Seventh Street Press, released May 10, paper, $15.95, Ebook $11.99
Book signings: May 10, 5-8 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville
May 14, noon-4 p.m., Barnes and Noble Keystone, 8675 River Crossing Blvd.