Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Review: Lost Creek Cabin (A Winston Radhauser Mystery #11) by Susan Clayton-Goldner @SusanCGoldner

Lost Creek Cabin

A Winston Radhauser Mystery #11

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Published: October 19, 2021

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller


When fifteen-year-old Shannon Hoffman goes missing, Detective Winston Radhauser conducts a frantic search of Ashland and its surrounding areas. He knows kidnapping victims rarely survive beyond the first forty-eight hours, and the clock is ticking.

None of her friends have seen her since cheerleading practice. Local volunteers post flyers, search parks, wooded areas and canvas door-to-door along the route Shannon would have taken home. Videos from school and neighborhood security cameras show nothing. They notify airline terminals, train and bus stations, but no one saw a girl matching her description leave Ashland.

During his investigation, Radhauser’s learns Shannon’s neighbor and lifelong friend, a boy named Rich Gasser, died less than two weeks before her disappearance. Rich had stood in front of a moving freight train. His death shocked the small community and devastated Shannon. Could she have run away? Was she depressed enough to join Rich? The medical examiner determined the boy’s death a suicide, but Rich’s parents know there is more to it. They believe Carson Summers, an older high school student, bullied their son to death.

According to her girlfriends, Shannon and Carson were an item until she discovered how cruel his bullying of Rich had become. Witnesses to their altercation claim Carson took the breakup badly and threatened to get even with Shannon. He is convinced there is a link between Rich’s alleged suicide and Shannon’s disappearance.

Will Detective Radhauser find that link before it’s too late to save Shannon?

The deeper Radhauser digs, the more secrets he uncovers.

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My Review:

A young girl, fifteen-year-old Shannon Hoffman goes missing. After cheerleading practice, Shannon is walking home as she has before, on occasion, as one of her parents usually picks her up but unfortunately not today. Shannon never makes it home.

Detective Winston Radhauser is called out to investigate Shannon’s disappearance. Detective Radhauser knows if he doesn't work fast to find Shannon soon, it may be too late. Detective Radhauser knows if he doesn’t find her within the first forty-eight hours it may be too late.

When Detective Radhauser starts following up on all the clues he soon learns that Shannon’s disappearance may be linked to the death of her best friend, Rich. The local town folk put up fliers while searching parks and the path Shannon took on her way home that day. Can Detective Radhauser find Shannon before it is too late? Is she even still alive? Who took her and why?

Like all of Susan Clayton-Goldner’s book Lost Creek Cabin pulled me in from the beginning and I was lost until I read that last page and even now it is still hanging on. And like all of Susan’s books, it didn’t take too long for Lost Creek Cabin to have me in tears.

As with most of Susan’s books, Lost Creek Cabin is a story that could be real with a wonderful set of characters. Lost Creek Cabin is a story that could’ve been pulled right out of today’s headlines. Susan is a great storyteller. She knows how to make you feel as if you know the characters. She can also make you feel as if you are a part of the story. She knows how to make you fall in love with her characters.

And as always I highly recommend that you one-click your copy of Lost Creek Cabin today for another epic thriller from author Susan Clayton-Goldner! Oh, and check out the rest of the Detective Winston Radhauser mystery series while you are there, trust me you won’t regret it! Fair warning, set aside a few hours for reading any of Susan’s books as you are not going to want to put them down until the last book is read! 



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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