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Ortega Night by Patrick Ian
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Ortega Night (2010)

by Patrick Ian

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Phil and Paula Oxnard move to Glenfallow, a retirement community in Capistrano. Phil is not sure how he is going to handle not having a pursuit, Paula will be fine because she is writing a book about inner city schools and so has her purpose.

The meeting their next-door neighbors George and Bernice Moss for cocktails shortly after their arrival. Sensing they will make fine acquaintances but not close friends they wave when they see them about the facility;

Until the night Bernice comes over concerned that George is not home, yet. He had gone to the desert and should have been back by now. Next morning Phil notices the arrival of the police and knows that it must be bad news. George drove off the winding mounting road, known as the Ortega Highway, and was killed.

Attending George’s funeral Phil is inundated with uncomfortable nuances from several of the funeral attendees. And, when the insurance company won’t pay George’s insurance until they investigate; Phil knows from past experience that Bernice will not be receiving any money in the short future.

Wanting to help Phil begins investigating George’s last days, was George’s death an accident, suicide, or a murder?

I enjoyed reading this book and will be looking more from this series.
The characters are believable, they could be my next-door neighbors, and the flow is smooth and well-paced. An interesting, clue driven mystery. ( )
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