Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review: Red Hatchet Falls (A Winston Radhauser Mystery #7) by Susan Clayton-Goldner @SusanCGoldner

Red Hatchet Falls
A Winston Radhauser Mystery #7
by Susan Clayton-Goldner
Published: March 18, 2020
Publisher: TirgearrPublishing
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller


The idyllic town of Ashland is nestled in the foothills of Siskiyou Mountains. Locals often describe it as a little bit of England set down in Southern Oregon. Yet amidst the historic craftsman bungalows, the world-renown Shakespeare theaters, and the lush, manicured gardens in Lithia Park, something evil lurks. While walking his pet raccoon, 72-year-old Homer Sullivan spots something shiny sparkling in the leaves near Ashland Creek. Thinking it might be something valuable, he hurries over to retrieve it, hoping he’ll become someone’s hero. He panics when he discovers it's a diamond ring and it's attached to a severed hand. He must find Detective Radhauser and fast.

Winston Radhauser has always searched for the truth. Set just eight months post 9-11, a young Islamic family is terrorized, and the severed hand is only the beginning. This time, Radhauser is tested to his limits, but will the truth devastate him?

My Review:

WOW! Susan Clayton-Goldner never stops to amaze me with her writing. Once I pick up one of her books I am unable to lay it down until I have read the last page. All of her books so far are filled with so many twists and turns and secrets that it likes to hold onto revealing them one at a time. Just when you think you have it all figured out as to who the killer is you are slammed in the face with more clues, clues that you never saw coming and will leave you shocked as to who the killer is. 

Red Hatchet Falls is a story about bulling and hate. Detective Winston Radhauser is back once again with a few murders to solve. In the opener Winston is at his daughter Lizzy’s baseball game when he is called away to a murder scene. A 72-year old man while out walking his pet raccoon stumbles upon a shiny object. Upon closer inspection he sees that this shiny object is a diamond ring attached to a hand with no body.

Now Detective Radhauser sets out to look for the person the hand belongs to but doesn’t find a person, no, all he finds is a body. It is not long before more hands and bodies start to turn up. Who is killing these people and why? Is it a crime of hate? Or is it a crime of passion?

I fell in love with all the characters, Kareem a little boy in Lizzy’s class who plays baseball too and his mom and dad too. Kareem was bullied on and off the field because he is Islamic.

There is Lizzy’s coach, Cooper Drake he was so amazing with all the kids. He knew how to talk to them and make them feel better when they got an out. He was a good, hard worker. Radhauser’s wife Grace gave him a job helping out on the ranch with the horses but if he saw anything else that needed doing then he didn’t hesitate or ask permission or wait to be told he just did it even if it wasn’t a part of his job description.

I highly recommend Red Hatchet Falls to all mystery, thriller and suspense fans who love a great story. One click your copy today!


Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers' Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, by the Greenwood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2014 by Wellstone Press. Prior to writing full time, Susan worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. 

Susan shares a life in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, Andreas, her fictional characters, and more books than one person could count. 

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