Midwest Book Review

Del Rio was recently featured in the prestigious Midwest Book Review publication. The full text of the review is below.

Del Rio
Jane Rosenthal
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).