Forgotten Trail (A National Parks Mystery #3) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 3 in the A National Parks Mystery series.


In this third installment of Claire Kells’s thrilling National Park mystery series, Investigative Services Branch agent Felicity Harland ventures through volcanic wilderness to investigate a murder at a new hike-in lodge at Pinnacles National Park.

When a guest turns up dead at the newly opened Pinnacles Grand Hotel, ISB agent Felicity Harland finds herself summoned to a peculiar scene. A gentle breeze blows in from the balcony window, belying the violence of a man stabbed to death in his hotel room. It’s clear to Harland that this murder was personal, especially when the victim’s wife admits that she wanted him dead.

But Harland isn’t so sure that this was a domestic dispute gone bad. When she hears about the Park Service searching for a missing person out on the trails, she sets out with her partner, Ferdinand “Hux” Huxley, to see if the two cases are connected.

As Harland and Hux take on the rocky, exposed terrain of California’s ancient volcanic wonderland, they soon realize that the mystery at the Pinnacles Grand is not at all what it seems—and that a predator may be closing in.

About the Author

Claire Kells is the bestselling author of the adventure novel Girl Underwater. An avid open-water swimmer and outdoor enthusiast, she gravitates toward stories of survival, struggle, and redemption. Her experiences as a practicing physician also play an important role in her novels, and she’s grateful for all the fascinating stories her patients have told her over the years.

Praise For…

Praise for Forgotten Trail:
“Satisfying . . . Kells’s fully fleshed out characterizations and beautiful descriptions of the landscape will keep readers hooked.”
Publishers Weekly

“A deft balance of the mystery, the heroine’s ongoing development, and the well-researched setting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A fun murder mystery, with interesting characters, and a great setting as a backdrop for the novel.”
Red Carpet Crash

“Kells expertly weaves in the scenery and history of the Pinnacles . . . into a highly satisfying plot that works as a procedural and a locked-room mystery.”
Shelf Awareness

Praise for the National Parks Mystery series:
“Superbly crafted characters and a strong sense of place, VANISHING EDGE is a first-rate mystery!”
—Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of the Jericho Quinn series and Arliss Cutter series

“When wealthy ‘glampers’ go missing deep in Sequoia National Park, bitingly witty repartee between the pair of park-service investigators assigned to the case makes Vanishing Edge a delightful debut. I can’t wait for the next!”
—Scott Graham, National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of Canyonlands Carnage

“In Vanishing Edge, Claire Kells delivers everything an outdoor mystery needs--vivid landscapes, a chilling plot, and engaging characters, both human and canine. An outstanding debut!”
—Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries

“A disturbing crime scene deep in the wilderness, an assortment of peculiar suspects, and a gutsy, determined investigator combine to make this a first-class mystery.” 
—Pamela Beason, author of the Sam Westin Mysteries

“Claire Kells delivers a taut mystery set in the rugged backcountry of Sequoia National Park. With its engaging and very likeable main characters and plot with myriad twisting, intriguing clues, this book will hook readers from the start.” 
—Alice Henderson, author of A Solitude of Wolverines

“An appealing crimefighting team . . . Fans of Scott Graham’s National Parks mysteries will want to check this one out.”
Publishers Weekly

“A determined professional duo investigates wilderness wannabes: What’s not to like?”
Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639105267
ISBN-10: 1639105263
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: A National Parks Mystery