Maiden's Grave by Kevan T. Hunt
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Set in northern California’s Amador County, evil waits for opportunity among the quaint Gold Country mining towns, rolling vineyards, and wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
MAIDEN’S GRAVE introduces Sidney Dietrich, an ambitious young attorney at the top of her game fired from her San Francisco law firm when her father goes to prison for real-estate fraud. Sidney accepts a job in a small-town legal practice in the remote Sierra foothills, with little hope of finding meaning to her life in an isolated existence. Sidney’s godfather, Jack McGlynn introduces her to Maude Hill, the wealthy, widowed owner of Quarry Hill Vineyard, who asks for Sidney’s help in taking another look at the long-ago suicide of her brother, renowned artist Joshua Morgan. Sidney’s efforts to uncover the truth about Joshua’s suicide become complicated when the teenaged daughter of Quarry Hill’s foreman is found strangled at MAIDEN’S GRAVE, a lonely mountain vista in the high Sierras. Defending Maude’s son Jeremy unravels a dangerous web of family hatred, deceit, and revenge that has Sidney facing a cunning murderer who has killed before and if not stopped, will surely kill again.