Review: Buffalo Mountain, the third book in this series by Frederick Ramsay featuring Sheriff Ike Schwartz, is a convoluted yet enjoyable mystery set in the foothills of Buffalo Mountain western Virginia.
Ike is the chief law enforcement officer for the city of Pittsville. He has a small police force to work with him, including Sam Ryder, a computer wizard who can hack into virtually any computer. When a dead body is found, Ike is called to the scene. Though identified by his driver's license as Randall Harris, a member of a local clan known for its feuds with another family, Ike recognizes him as Alexei Kamarov, a Russian operative that Ike had known while he was working for the CIA. Alexei had been reported missing and presumed dead by the CIA. And now he has turned up in Pittsville. Is it just a coincidence that Ike happens to be Sheriff there? Is his death simply the result of a conflict between families in the area? Or could it be political? Or something else?
As Ike begins his investigation, Sam does a bit of electronic sleuthing and finds that the FBI and CIA are already aggressively following the dead man's money trail. Alexei had extensive financial resources and when someone starts using his credit cards and ATM accounts, they think they may have their killer.
There are any number of suspects who have connections to both Alexei and Ike, including a minister of a local church, a Colonel who served in three wars, and some young men living in the hills. Though at times confusing to follow, this whodunit is a real page turner that has what every mystery should have: a credible plot, suspense tempered with a little humor, and a charming love story.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Buffalo Mountain.
Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Buffalo Mountain for this review.
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Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), August 2008
ISBN-13: 9781590585351; ISBN-10: 1590585356
Location(s) referenced in Buffalo Mountain: Virginia
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Buffalo Mountain by Frederick Ramsay — An Ike Schwartz Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 2007
List Price: $24.95