Treasure State, a review by Sherry

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Treasure State
C. J. Box

273 pages
Published September 27, 2022

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Anyone else taken in by the TV series Big Sky?  I had read a few Joe Pickett books, but had no idea this series existed.  I’m so glad I read this one, even though I jumped into book six in the series.  No worries because I had no trouble following the action.

I love when books have the setting play some part in the story.  Montana is somewhere I’ve never visited, but it just moved up on my list.  Well, except maybe in the dead of winter.  LOL

I enjoyed Cassie’s character.  She’s smart and precise.  She worked on two mysteries that were solved in this installment.  The story never waned and kept my attention and I really liked the quirky treasure hunt mystery.  I’m off to go look up the previous books.



About the book:

Private Investigator Cassie Dewell’s business is thriving, and her latest case puts her on the hunt for a slippery con man who’s disappeared somewhere in the “treasure state”. A wealthy Florida widow has accused him of absconding with her fortune, and wants Cassie to find him and get it back. The trail takes Cassie to Anaconda, Montana, a quirky former copper mining town that’s the perfect place to reinvent yourself. As the case develops, Cassie begins to wonder if her client is telling her everything.

On top of that, Cassie is also working what’s easily one of her strangest assignments ever. A poem that promises buried treasure to one lucky adventurer has led to a cutthroat competition and five deaths among treasure-hunters. But Cassie’s client doesn’t want the treasure. Instead, he claims to be the one who hid the gold and wrote the poem. And he’s hired Cassie to try to find him. Between the two cases, Cassie has her hands full.

In Montana, a killer view can mean more than just the scenery, and Cassie knows much darker things hide behind the picturesque landscape of Big Sky Country. Treasure State, C. J. Box’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Bitterroots, is full of more twists and turns than the switchbacks through the Anaconda Range.

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