When a lovesick, homeless veteran litters her vintage red caddy with paper snowflakes, Lalla Bains, Aero Ag pilot figures it’s time for a showdown.
Unfortunately, someone else has the same idea leaving Lalla with a dying man at her feet, and only his strange last words, “The more there is, the less you see,” as a clue to his killer.
Compounding her life her tightwad, widowed father becomes a born-again ladies man, a disreputable competitor tries to push her out of business, and last but not least, her antennae twitches that the sultry redhead in Modesto’s police department may be vying for Sheriff Caleb Stone’s affections.
It soon becomes crystal clear that the police are totally off base on this murder investigation and someone else is going to have to suit up to solve this case. Someone who is just exasperating, pushy, and tenacious enough to get the job done–and that person will be none other than: Ms. Lalla Bains.
“The characters in this book are strongly defined and very, very memorable. The Modesto, CA setting is so well described that a fan and a cool drink is almost a requirement while reading this smoothly written mystery. When the ending arrives, you know that you’ve been on a wild ride with a spirited and feisty woman.” – Mary R. Fairchild “Mare F”
“Author R P Dahlke has combined suspenseful murder and even humor in the creation of A Dead Red Heart. And I have to admit, I didn’t come up with the real murder until the end. This author really kept me guessing and changing my mind.” – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat