BITING THE MOON, by Martha Grimes

Grimes is one of my favorite British police procedural authors; her series starring Richard Jury and the folks at Long Piddleton are priceless. This tale, Biting the Moon, is about a coyote-rescuing teenaged girl on her own in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, and her friendship with a well-to-do orphan in nearby Santa Fe. It’s impossible to fault the author’s storytelling skills, but the storyline itself felt completely unconvincing, the flawless planning of improbable feats by the teenaged heroine a little far-fetched, and the novel itself more a vehicle for a cruelty-to-all-animals rant. It’s a 3, mostly because I too deplore animal cruely (and Grimes really lays it on).