On Location by Elizabeth Sims is the third book in the “Rita Farmer” mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur, August 2010

Rita Farmer knows exactly how hard it is to break into the movie business. Acting was the big dream that brought her out to L.A. in the first place. And while she never made the red carpet, that big dream did turn into a modest profession that kept her and her son afloat. So from time to time she’ll lend her talents as a favor.

Kenner and Lance de Sauvenard, heirs to a timber fortune, don’t really need a favor to make their art film, but since Lance is dating Rita’s sister, Gina, there’s no way for Rita to worm her way out of a read-through. Gina is all for the project—or at least her new boyfriend—and she goes with Lance to scout locations on his family’s land holdings in the Northwest. When they don’t return as planned and flood waters start to rise, Rita can’t help but dash into the wilds to bring her sister home, and when foul play becomes more and more likely, her sometime lover, George Rowe, is right on her heels.

I enjoyed this story. Rita is so much stronger and sure of herself in this novel. When her sister is missing, Rita, along with her best friend Daniel and her son, Petey set out to rescue her. What they encounter is a sudden storm and the dead body of Gina’s boyfriend, but no Gina. Meanwhile, George is investigating a case of embezzlement and when he talks with Rita, George knows where he belongs. This was a riveting story that kept me turning the pages to see the outcome of what was happening in the woods. There were a couple of twists and turns that resonated with me. I truly enjoyed this story and hope there are more adventures with Rita Farmer. My rating: 4 stars

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