Surveillance on an insurance fraud case in Bear Butte County unfolds tragically for PI Julie Collins and her partner, Kevin Wells. The reappearance of a mysterious hole—cause of the fatal accident—brings about the landowner’s unsettling confession; bones were recently uncovered on that remote ridge. Fearing repercussions from their illegal off-season hunting, the hunters reburied the remains and kept quiet.
Now the hole is back, but the bones have vanished.
Were the bones part of an ancient Indian burial ground? Connected to the unsolved disappearance of a Native American woman? The overworked, understaffed sheriff asks for Julie’s help.
But the case opens old wounds, and she finds herself at odds with the Standing Elk family, discovering they withheld information from her in the months before Ben’s death. And Julie’s relationship with Tony Martinez hits a rough spot when she agrees to go undercover in his strip club.
On the wrong side of tribal politics, family disputes, and employee rivalries, Julie continues to dig for answers . . . while the personal stakes climb. In a brutal fight for her life, Julie finally comes face to face with her brother’s killer . . . and realizes not all deceptions run deep.
SHALLOW GRAVE is a Romantic Times December 2007 Issue TOP PICK! "Armstrong hits this one right out of the ballpark with complex characters, snappy dialogue and interesting plots. The author also ties up a whodunit with a surprising twist. This one's a winner."
-Barb Anderson, Romantic Times BookClub Magazine
“This was an excellent novel with strong characters.… There is a very strong mystery here that has the reader changing her mind at least half a dozen times throughout, and offers a good many surprises along the way.”
-Inez Daylong, Affaire de Coeur
“Shallow Grave shows Ms. Armstrong’s growth as an increasingly impressive and consistently interesting crime fiction author.”
“Lori Armstrong writes a powerful story that will stay with you long after you finish the last page…the third book in the Julie Collins series takes on a twisting turning mystery ride that will have you gasping at the conclusion.”
-Cat Cody, Romance Junkies
“While there's a lot going on in this latest from Armstrong, she more than adeptly keeps it all together, the end result being a tightly wrapped plot full of suspense and thrills…what makes this author stand out is her lack of inhibition and political correctness when it comes to her characterizations; there are no angels here, but there is plenty of heart and soul...If you haven't yet read this author, you should.”
-Stephanie Padilla, New Mystery Reader Magazine
2007 Book of the Year – Sons of Spade Website “Lori outdoes herself in her third and latest Julie Collins novel. The action is fast and furious, there’s murder, deceit, sex and violence enough to satisfy any hardboiled mystery fan...”
-Jochem Van Der Steen, Sons of Spade
"Lori Armstrong lives up to the last syllable of her surname with this superb whodunit."
-Harriet Klausner, Gotta Write Network