Synopses & Reviews
Set in 1953 Dawson’s slow moving follow up to 2013’s Death Rides the Zephyr finds Jill McLeod who works as the classic train’s Zephyrette traveling west from Chicago through the Rockies toward the San Francisco Bay Area. As the only female crew member McLeod has many duties such as administering first aid greeting passengers and keeping them up to date on the train’s progress as well as the history of the areas the train passes through. The plot which highlights day to day life aboard the train doesn’t pick up steam until the last third of the book at which point the focus is on the shooting murder of the unpleasant Mr. Fontana a former Chicago bootlegger. McLeod must learn who had motive to kill Fontana and to frame her black sheep cousin Doug Cleary by planting the murder weapon in his berth. Rail enthusiasts will welcome this light mystery full of information about train travel of an earlier era. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."