Rocky Road: A Culinary Mystery (Culinary Mysteries)
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THE ST. GEORGE SPECTRUM Dr. Trenton Hendricks was last seen Friday, April 8, when he set out alone on a backpacking trip. Hendricks's Jeep Grand Cherokee was located Tuesday at the Chuckwalla Trailhead, but after six days and thousands of man-hours, the official search has been called off. He is presumed to be deceased. It was supposed to be a girls' weekend in scenic St. George, Utah, that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fund-raiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fund-raising event, a local doctor, had disappeared two months before was not supposed to be Sadie's problem. When Sadie learns that her friend Caro and Caro's cousin, Tess, have started a grassroots investigation into Dr. Hendricks's disappearance, Sadie graciously refused to be a part of it. With her wedding to plan and her most recent case still fresh in her mind, Sadie is determined to leave this case to the police--until she meets the ex-wife of the missing man. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to more questions . . . that lead to a small town and even more questions! When the local police ask her to be their eyes and ears, Sadie can't help but jump in with both feet. Before she knows it, she is on the rocky road of another investigation, following a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
tell the smile was a little forced. “Where do you need us?” “Well, we need to set up all of those chairs,” Nikki said, motioning toward the rack of chairs again. “We need to get some round tables from the closet in the hall, and someone put ‘fruit’ on the sign-up sheet we sent around on Sunday instead of ‘fruit salad,’ so we’re kind of scrambling in the kitchen to get it all cut up.” She turned to Tess. “Didn’t you say you wanted to talk to Lori about the scrapbook? She’s already working on
beat around the bush. “Why are you in such a hurry to leave? Are you still going to the luncheon?” “I can’t stay. I’ve got a family emergency,” Lori said quickly, pressing her keys into her daughter’s hand. “Go start the car, Kenzie. I’ll be right there.” Her daughter looked at them both before hurrying to a dark blue sedan parked a few car lengths ahead. Joey followed her. “What’s happened?” Sadie asked, choosing boldness over the possibility of not getting a straight answer if she tried
document. It often took some time for the public domains to reflect updates to public records like this, but the boutique had been in operation for nearly two years. If a change to the articles had been made, those changes should have been reflected in the information available to the public. Sadie made a note to see if the oversight was due to a backlog of Utah nonprofit updates being posted. Writing the note, however, gave her another idea, and she started a new entity search. This time, she
out when Sadie put her phone down. “I’ll tell him when we know for sure.” “How do you decide what to tell the police and what not to tell them?” Caro asked, sounding genuinely curious. There was no good answer to that question. “Um, I’m not sure. It’s kind of a case-by-case thing.” Sadie checked her e-mail, hoping for something from Pete, but she was disappointed. She could really use his guidance right now. Rather than dwelling on that, she turned her attention back to her notes.
can’t do that for one more day, especially now that I know who you really are. Now that I know the lies you’ve told me. What else have you lied to me about, Trent? What’s real and what isn’t?” Her voice was getting louder, and her emotion was changing quickly to anger, pure and simple. Sadie was running out of time to intercede. She could feel Lori’s rage building in the air, as thick as the smoke coming from the fire. “I’m not here to kill you. I’m here to make sure you never come back.