Beneath the Ashes:: An Alaska Mystery by Sue Henry

By Sue Henry

In a panoramic land of ice and chilly, dying has fire.In the lingering sit back of the early Alaskan spring, famed "musher" Jessie Arnold confronts the charred continues to be of a favourite neighborhood pub, destroyed by way of a suspicious blaze that claimed an blameless, unsuspecting existence. This lull among racing seasons is intended to be a time of grueling education and conditioning for Jessie and her dogsled team-but as a substitute it has develop into a time of worry. as the burning has in simple terms began, and its flames will scar and blister Jessie's global in methods she will be able to slightly think. And within the wake of extra loss of life, her subsequent race can be one for survival -- as she struggles to figure out even if a determined pal is a terrified victim...or a killer.

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Jessie sat staring at her without speaking for a long minute, trying to get her thoughts together. “Look,” she said finally, getting up from the sofa, “I’ve got to take care of my mutts. There’s soup and stuff for sandwiches in the kitchen. Why don’t you 40 SUE HENRY make us some lunch while I do it? ” “Okay. ” Doesn’t she realize that I have a life with other plans? Jessie wondered. Where does she get off, assuming I sit around waiting to be asked for stuff like this—that I can just drop everything and take off?

Robert Martin—the guy who died in the fire. Lab just finished and ID’d him from prints off the hand that was under him and didn’t char. ” “Interesting,” Tatum said. “Makes sense. ” Becker grinned, unable to resist the pun. ” Jessie repeated. ” “Can’t say for sure. Maybe. ” “No. First time he’d been there, I think. ” “We’ll get someone to take a look at his file photo— Oscar, or . . ” “Chuck. Chuck Warner. But I didn’t see him there last night.

With the arrival of the firemen, the need for her equipment had disappeared as well. There was no room to move Hank’s truck close enough to use the generator and pump. The inactivity made her frustrated and impatient. A gust of wind caught a large part of the smoke and sent it billowing through the parking lot, smelling acridly strong of scorched wood and chemicals. The momentary suffocating nastiness made the bystanders cough and rub their tearing eyes, reminding Jessie of all the flammable petroleum products that were used in modern buildings.

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