Fiction, Suspense fiction, Detective and Mystery Stories
Women college students--Fiction; Treasure troves--Fiction; Excavations (Archaeology)--Mexico--Fiction; Death--18th century--Fiction; Murder--Fiction; Suspense fiction, American--Mormon authors; Detective and mystery stories, American--Mormon authors
Spending an entire summer in the company of her estranged father is the last thing Ashley Delgado is interested in. But what self-respecting twenty-one-year-old can resist the promise of a vacation in Mexico?
She should have known it was too good to be true. Her dreams of exotic adventure come crashing down when she and her father arrive at their destination: the Madera Hacienda. Once a proud symbol of wealth and success, the ramshackle estate is falling apart, and the Madera family has hired Ashley’s lawyer father to help save the family home.
A dusty, derelict ranch is not the vacation destination she had in mind but Ashley can’t deny a thrilling shiver of premonition. When she hears rumors of a tragic eighteenth-century death and a long-hidden treasure, Ashley joins a group of American archaeological students in the centuries-long search for the mysterious trove.
But as shocking clues lead Ashley closer to the hidden riches, it becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep the secret of the treasure and the next tragic death may well be her own…