5 stars to “Skelton Trail” by Kasey Riley

Another great read by Kasey Riley! While ribboning out a trail for next seasons equestrian rides, Bethany Meadows and Megan Holloway accidently discover an old skeleton in a National Forest near the community of Riverview, Colorado. Who is it? When did he die? They have no idea. All they know is that he had been shot in the head as evidenced by the small hole in the skull.

Riley weaves an intense and skillful tale as FBI Forensic Specialist, David Harrison and Kam Marjani, and Megan Holloway ride out to retrieve the body. After they find the corpse, Meagan rides on to finish marking the trail she and Bethany had been working on the day before, while David and Kam retrieve and pack up the bones and all the evidence they can scrap out of the hole where the corpse had been dumped. Just as they get the horses packed, and they are ready to leave someone starts shooting at them.

David is hit, and they ride hard trying to get away. A harsh winter storm settles in and they seek shelter in an old cabin. The would-be killer is serious about catching them, and he follows them to the cabin, shooting at them through the storm. Kam returns fire and the shots are silenced. She sneaks out and ties the horses in the lean-to behind the cabin and feeds them some grain. Then she closes the shutters and takes up the planks from the veranda floor to use for firewood. Then she closes the last shutters as she goes inside. She starts a fire and I smiled when she cooked horse oats for supper and added a bit of chocolate to try to improve the taste. David and Kam huddle together as they found shelter in the cabin during the bitterly cold night.

There were many interesting incidents in the story. I loved that Kam and David shared similar heritage. I was fascinated by Kam’s “dream” that provided pertinent information.

The big question was why would anyone be so intent on keeping anyone from discovering a murder that happened over 70 years earlier. The answer was surprising.

This was a fast moving murder/mystery filled with many surprising twists and turns. I had read  Desperate Endurance and appreciated the background story of Roger and Bethany. It was cool to meet the new characters, and I liked Aaron’s appearance and his dedication to Megan. I look forward to another book about Meagan in the new role she has decided to take on and I have to believe that Aaron will be there too.

Good job, Kasey Riley. I have “August Fire” on my Kindle waiting to work it’s way to the topo of my TBR list, but I don’t think it is Megan’s story!

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