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A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
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A Finder's Fee: 08/31/16

A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene

A Finder's Fee by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene is the fifth in the Missing Pieces mysteries and the last one published by Berkley. The next two, Dae's Past and A Watery Death have been self published by CreateSpace. I'm still debating whether or not to continue reading the series, which would mean purchasing copies directly as I can't get them through the library.

Dae is possessed by the spirit of a woman who was killed for being a witch. There are still plenty in modern day Duck who believe she was, in fact, a witch. To put the spirit to rest, Dae needs to find the girl's body and give it a proper burial.

The problem, though, is that a new construction project is set to take place where Dae is convinced the body is buried. In a last ditch effort to find it, she uncovers a different body and a long lost race car.

Personally I don't care about the ghosts in Dae's life or inhabiting her body. I've read the series thus far for the modern day investigations. The race car discovery brought up a long time rivalry between two men and the last time they raced together. The how and why the driver of one car ended up being buried in the wrecked car of the other driver was what kept me reading.

Four stars

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