By by Bob Doerr
This Jim West mystery/thriller, the sixth in the series, finds Jim traveling to the Texas Hill Country to attend the grand opening of a friend’s winery and vineyard. Upon arriving in Fredericksburg, Jim witnesses a brutal kidnapping at a local coffee shop. The next morning while driving down an unpaved country road to the grand opening, he comes across an active crime scene barely a quarter mile from his friend’s winery. A Fredericksburg policeman who talked to Jim the day before at the kidnapping scene recognizes Jim and asks him to identify the body of a dead young woman as the woman who was kidnapped. Jim does, and as a result of this unwelcome relationship with the police is asked the next morning to identify the body of another murdered person as the man who had kidnapped the young woman. A third murder throws Jim’s vacation into complete disarray and draws Jim and a female friend into the sights of one of the killers.
A fast-paced read for the whole family. Caffeine Can Kill touches on all the vices: murder, theft, prostitution, and jealousy. Bob Doerr weaves the tale in such a way that other than some blood and a rattlesnake bite, the reader can enjoy the ride without the swearing and violence some novels use in place of great writing. — Bill Wetterman, author of The Peacock Trilogy.
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