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A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery
Marjorie Trumaine, a freelance indexer from rural North Dakota in the 1960s, risks her life to help local law enforcement track down a missing, disabled girl. Dickinson, North Dakota, 1965. It's a harsh winter, and freelance indexer Marjorie Trumaine struggles to complete a lengthy index while mourning the recent loss of her husband, Hank. The bleakness of the weather seems to compound her grief, and then she gets more bad news: a neighbor's fourteen-year-old disabled daughter, Tina Rinkerman, has disappeared. Marjorie joins Sheriff Guy Reinhardt in the search for the missing girl, and their investigation quickly leads to the shocking discovery of a murdered man near the Rinkermans' house. What had he been doing there? Who would have wanted him dead? And, above all, is his murder connected to Tina's disappearance? Their pursuit of answers will take Marjorie all the way to the Grafton State School, some six hours away, where Tina lived until recently. And the information she uncovers there raises still more questions. Will the murderer come after Marjorie now that she knows a long-hidden secret?
Tina Rinkerman, a teenager with Down syndrome, goes missing during a 1965 snowstorm, and much of the town of Dickinson, N.Dak., turns out to search for her, in Sweazy's atmospheric third Marjorie Trumaine mystery (after 2016's See Also Deception). Marjorie, a recently widowed farmer, doesn't hold out much hope that Tina survived the frigid night when she joins Sheriff Guy Reinhardt in the search, but the last thing she expects to find is the body of local grocer Nils Jacobsen in a snowy field, shot to death in his car. There seems to be no connection between Tina's disappearance and Nils's murder, but Marjorie has been a freelance book indexer for years, and making connections between disparate pieces of information is what she does best. Marjorie is a wonderful character, a woman of her time living in a small town full of secrets, self-sufficient and tentatively beginning to make a new life for herself after years of caring for an invalid husband. Fans of period regional mysteries will hope this series has a long run.