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Edited Out: A Carmen Ramirez Mystery (Carmen Ramirez Mystery Series) Paperback – 1 Jul 1994
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Carmen Ramirez returns to her Oklahoma home town as a newspaper copy editor, and finds a lesbian suicide that looks to her like murder. A striking story of love and loyalty and moral choices.
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Carmen is pulled off the story, but she continues her investigation, asking tough questions and tangling with everyone, including an at-first suspicious lesbian bartender, her own boss, the schools, the powerful local church and, of course, her irascible grandmother. A trail of cover-ups and half-truths leads Carmen and love-interest/sidekick Julia to Lovell Taft University, where the murdered girl's sister is sequestered with her secrets. As Carmen draws closer to the truth, she risks job, relationships and even her life.
Fast-paced and with some funny turns of phrase and observations, but unfortunately it is also rather stereotypical and it seems like the author is in a rush to tell the story which makes for some (too) easy outs. Still, the writing is good and flows well, so there's hope for a more "meaty" second installment.
The 1st Carmen Ramirez Mystery.
When Carmen, a newspaper copy editor, follows up a 2 year old story on a dead lesbian school teacher, who apparently committed suicide after killing a 12 year old girl, she finds more questions than answers.
Aided by newspaper library clerk Julia Nichols, Carmen becomes concerned over certain facts and challenges the investigation in this 'solved' homicide/suicide and is taken off the story, but refuses to stop her investigation! Despite the cover-up and the imminent danger she now faces.
Julia also begins to question herself after working with Carmen...
You won't soon forget Carmen or Julia, Or Crystal, who runs the towns only women's bar or the people in Frontier City, Oklahoma in this striking story of love, loyalty, and choices.
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Carmen Ramirez is a copy editor for the local newspaper and is assigned to update a two year old story about a lesbian school teacher found guilty of murdering a twelve year old girl and then committing suicide. As she delves into the history of the case she meets Julia Nichols, the newspaper's library clerk, and together they find the truth.
This was a decent, quick read, with quirky characters, especially Carmen's grandmother. There were some interesting twists and turns. Carmen was especially well written and responded to danger the way a real person would. I enjoyed it.
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