This is a very good mystery in the in the University of Michigan series with Anneke Haagen, computer expert and Zoe Kaplan reporter and student.
A mystery of the University of Michigan - fast pacing, page turner.
I enjoyed this book and the others I read in the Dead Letter Mysteries because I could relate to the location the story took place at since I live in Michigan and am familiar with the Ann Arbor area. When I know the actual area a story takes place in it makes the story more plausible to me.
This was the first book I read in this series and now I will read them all. I loved that there was some history, but it was not overwhelming. The characters were believable and the plot complex. Good read.
In exchange for some missed class notes, U of Michigan student and sports reporter Zoe Kaplan agrees to drive drab dorm mate Clare Swann to her eccentric late aunt's estate for the sorting of her possessions. When the will is read, Clare is handed the mysterious "Black Diamond" a porcupine quill covered black box filled with seemingly meaningless momentos. But when Zoe and Clare return to Clare's dorm room after a trip to the library, they find the place rippped apart, the Black Diamond missing and a man with a slashed throat lying dead on Clare's floor - a man who Clare recognizes as her father, assumed dead years ago. Enlisting her friend, clear-minded computer expert Anneke Haagen, for help, Zoe digs a century back, beneath the layers of a logging family's dark part and into a present rife with murderous ambition.
This was a really good, evenly paced mystery. A well told tale by a master story teller.