That's how the second Shandra Higheagle Mystery, Tarnished Remains starts. Potter Shandra Higheagle is on her mountain digging in a pocket of clay she uses for her pottery. She pushes the shovel in the clay and comes up with a boot and bones.
Before I started writing this series I visited a potter who uses natural clay that he cleans and purifies before using it in his wares. I gave my amateur sleuth this same trait and put her on a mountain in Idaho where she makes her vases that are sold as art. The other unique thing I gave her was her ancestry. She is half Nez Perce but was kept from her Native American roots after her father died in a rodeo accident.
Shandra Higheagle is digging up clay for her renowned pottery when she scoops up a boot attached to a skeleton. She calls in Weippe County detective Ryan Greer. The body is decades old and discovered to be Shandra’s employee’s old flame
Ryan immediately pegs Shandra’s employee for the murderer, but Shandra knows in her heart that the woman everyone calls Crazy Lil couldn’t have killed anyone, let alone a man she loved.
Digging up the woman’s past takes them down a road of greed, miscommunication, and deceit. Will they be able to prove Crazy Lil innocent before the true murderer strikes again?
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