Weaver’s Needle
By Robin Caroll
Published by Shiloh Run Press
315 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Two recovery specialists. One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

This author whisked me away on an adventure that reminded me of the movie National Treasure but better. The story is set in Superstition Mountains which I found fascinating. Here’s the situation a potential clients’ husband has been murdered and a treasure map was stolen from his body. The first one to recover the map and return it to her would receive fifty thousand dollars. The stakes are high; each is in desperate need of the money.

Landry Parker is a former Army MP who is smart, feisty, a fighter, loyal and is passionate about her faith. She has a unique set of puzzles solving tools at her disposal. The other specialist Nickolai Baptiste is a former New Orleans police officer who sees things from a law enforcement angle carries lots of baggage from the past and he’s not sure who holds his future. 

Sparks fly between these two in more ways than one as they try to outwit the other to be the first to obtain the map and the prize. I liked how the author pitted these two recovery specialists against each other and how they went about seeking clues to the treasure. Landry talks things over with her best friend and Nickolai talks about his findings with his former partner who just so happens to be working on the murder investigation connected to the map. I enjoyed that because the reader got to know more than each of the specialist. I found myself trying to solve the case too! 

The author effortlessly weaves together a Native American legend, customs, beliefs, with nail-biting suspense, as elements of evil and danger attack Landry and Nickolai in their search for clues to find the missing map. 

This thrilling race quickly becomes dangerous; which is a game changer for both specialists. I enjoyed this page-turning, gripping adventure, with likable characters, that had a hint of romance, and a compelling journey that drops readers into a gold mine guarded by a mysterious legend

You’ll want to leave plenty of time to enjoy every second of this novel. The author has included 10 discussion questions to help in creating lively discussion time. This makes for a fun book club selection.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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