Death Rides the Zephyr
by Janet Dawson
Review: On December 23rd, 1952 an ultra-luxurious train, the California Zephyr, left Oakland, California and headed east for Chicago. Its route would travel through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the Great Basin National Park and the Colorado Rockies. The cars were filled almost to capacity with individuals and families heading out to visit their loved ones for the Christmas holidays. Jill McCloud is a Zephyrette, a person who welcomes the passengers, guides them around the train and helps them get settled in their rooms or compartments, and is in general the person to turn to for any information or assistance. Most of the passengers are thrilled and happy to be on the train. There are a few, however, who seem to gripe about anything and everything, from the noise the train makes, to the commotion the children create while excitedly running up and down the aisles. To help keep everyone occupied, Jill planned a scavenger hunt on the last day of the trip plus a Christmas party. When a gold cigarette case in the shape of an envelope and a lady’s brooch go missing, the owners of the items blame the kids and the scavenger hunt even though the children were told not to enter any ones room. The mystery of the missing items leads to a murder and an attempted murder, in Death Rides the Zephyr, a stand-alone murder mystery by Janet Dawson.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Death Rides the Zephyr.
Acknowledgment: Perseverance Press provided an ARC of Death Rides the Zephyr for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Death Rides the Zephyr: California, Colorado, Illinois
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Death Rides the Zephyr by Janet Dawson
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