Midwest Book Review
Del Rio was recently featured in the prestigious Midwest Book Review publication. The full text of the review is below.
She Writes Press
9781647420550, $16.95, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: Del Rio, California, a once-thriving Central Valley farm town, is now filled with run-down Dollar Stores, llanterias, carnicerias, and shabby mini-marts that sell one-way bus tickets straight to Tijuana on the Flecha Amarilla line. It’s a place you drive through with windows up and doors locked, especially at night — a place the locals call Cartel Country.
For local District Attorney Callie McCall, her dying hometown of Del Rio is the perfect place to launch a political career and try to make a difference.
But when the dismembered body of a migrant teen is found in one of Del Rio’s surrounding citrus groves, Callie faces a career make-or-break case that takes her on a dangerous journey down the violent west coast of Mexico, to a tropical paradise hiding a terrible secret, and finally back home again, where her determination to find the killer pits her against the wealthiest, most politically connected, most ruthless farming family in California: her own.
Critique: Showcasing author Jane Rosenthal’s exceptionally impressive flair for originality and complete mastery of the crime thriller genre, “Del Rio” is a well crafted mystery replete with unexpected plot twists right down to the finish. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of female sleuth fans that “Del Rio” is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).