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There is nothing unusual about a young Catholic girl from the Bronx winding up raped, beaten, strangled and decapitated – unless she winds up that way in Lefthand Canyon, in the Colorado Rockies, where there hasn’t been a murder since 1922. Then it’s unusual enough to become a problem for the sheriff of Lee County. And when he finds no blood at the scene and no physical ev There is nothing unusual about a young Catholic girl from the Bronx winding up raped, beaten, strangled and decapitated – unless she winds up that way in Lefthand Canyon, in the Colorado Rockies, where there hasn’t been a murder since 1922. Then it’s unusual enough to become a problem for the sheriff of Lee County. And when he finds no blood at the scene and no physical evidence, it becomes more than a problem. It becomes a headache – for five long years. That’s when he bats it back to the Bronx, to the 43rd precinct and right onto Detectives Stone and Dehan’s desk. Let them deal with it. But Lee County is one of the remotest parts of the USA, and Stone finds his pool of suspects limited, to say the least. Was it Greg, the tough, plain-talking rancher? Was it Ingrid and Alfredo, the bitter, puritanical in-laws? Or somebody in the off-grid, dope farming community at the Shack? Or was it somebody else, somebody completely different…?


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There is nothing unusual about a young Catholic girl from the Bronx winding up raped, beaten, strangled and decapitated – unless she winds up that way in Lefthand Canyon, in the Colorado Rockies, where there hasn’t been a murder since 1922. Then it’s unusual enough to become a problem for the sheriff of Lee County. And when he finds no blood at the scene and no physical ev There is nothing unusual about a young Catholic girl from the Bronx winding up raped, beaten, strangled and decapitated – unless she winds up that way in Lefthand Canyon, in the Colorado Rockies, where there hasn’t been a murder since 1922. Then it’s unusual enough to become a problem for the sheriff of Lee County. And when he finds no blood at the scene and no physical evidence, it becomes more than a problem. It becomes a headache – for five long years. That’s when he bats it back to the Bronx, to the 43rd precinct and right onto Detectives Stone and Dehan’s desk. Let them deal with it. But Lee County is one of the remotest parts of the USA, and Stone finds his pool of suspects limited, to say the least. Was it Greg, the tough, plain-talking rancher? Was it Ingrid and Alfredo, the bitter, puritanical in-laws? Or somebody in the off-grid, dope farming community at the Shack? Or was it somebody else, somebody completely different…?

30 review for Strange and Sinister Path

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Five stars for this one! This series gets better and better. There was a lot of action going on and I could visualise it making an excellent TV show. There is a section where Stone defends Dehan from several thugs which makes him sound a bit like Jack Reacher. Their partnership continues to teeter on the edge of becoming a relationship. I hope it actually gets there in a future book. I thought the cold case was excellent. There were so many possible suspects and I entirely overlooked the actual cu Five stars for this one! This series gets better and better. There was a lot of action going on and I could visualise it making an excellent TV show. There is a section where Stone defends Dehan from several thugs which makes him sound a bit like Jack Reacher. Their partnership continues to teeter on the edge of becoming a relationship. I hope it actually gets there in a future book. I thought the cold case was excellent. There were so many possible suspects and I entirely overlooked the actual culprit. Total entertainment and highly recommended if you enjoy this genre.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela Verdenius

    Another enthralling addition to this series. The relationship between the two main characters is growing and the mystery is interesting. A good read to curl up in bed with!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This one kept me guessing all the way through. When a Colorado sheriff asks for help with a 10-year-old cold case that has its roots in the Bronx, Stone and Dehan are assigned. The case was a girl from the Bronx found dead and decapitated in a Colorado canyon. They start by interviewing her mother, her ex-husband Moses (now remarried to his friend's ex-wife), and his friend Isaac. They learn that the connection to Colorado goes back to their childhood days, when she and her sister and parents we This one kept me guessing all the way through. When a Colorado sheriff asks for help with a 10-year-old cold case that has its roots in the Bronx, Stone and Dehan are assigned. The case was a girl from the Bronx found dead and decapitated in a Colorado canyon. They start by interviewing her mother, her ex-husband Moses (now remarried to his friend's ex-wife), and his friend Isaac. They learn that the connection to Colorado goes back to their childhood days, when she and her sister and parents went there for vacations and met her husband along with some other friends. The murdered girl, apparently suffering from postpartum depression, said she was going to visit her in-laws back in Colorado. But what Stone and Dehan find in Colorado is another whole can of worms. Of course they eventually figure it all out, but things get pretty murky (and dangerous!) for a while. This was one of the better books in the series so far. I am thoroughly enjoying the entire series - the relationship and byplay between the two cold case detectives is entertaining, and the books are well plotted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Val

    How I love this series! Mr. Banner is a genius at keeping the plot moving along with twists and turns. Once again, I was surprised by whodunit!! Naturally, I was pretty sure I had it figured out ... but that would be a big nope! I love John Stone and Carmen Dehan. They have a strong working relationship, sprinkled with humor, that may or may not become something more. Their conversations and interactions are always entertaining. I do wish the author would not use UK phrases in books that are sup How I love this series! Mr. Banner is a genius at keeping the plot moving along with twists and turns. Once again, I was surprised by whodunit!! Naturally, I was pretty sure I had it figured out ... but that would be a big nope! I love John Stone and Carmen Dehan. They have a strong working relationship, sprinkled with humor, that may or may not become something more. Their conversations and interactions are always entertaining. I do wish the author would not use UK phrases in books that are supposed to be in New York. (For example, the reading of Miranda Rights.) But, as I said, I do love this series! Even if I have to remind myself once in a while what country the books take place in, haha! I'm already reading #7!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lomuscio

    Once again, with feeling This is book 6 in this series. I have reviewed the previous 5 earlier. The author has seemingly done the impossible, each book is better than the last. As I have said in the past, do yourself a favor, read this book or better yet, read the first in the series “An Ace and a Pair”. Beware these books are addicting. You’ll be hard pressed to read anything else except the next in the series, I know I am.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Stone and Dehan are handed a cold case. Kathleen depressed after baby was born, went to Colorado, question is why and who killed here there. Issac saying his folks were like stiff old boot leather and she was not close to them. His ex wife got close to Mo during this time, saying she was also a friend of Kathleen. Divorced and she married Mo. A chilling story of people who want to get out if a small town for the big city. Trusting and thinking that family would act and stay together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danie Darling

    Still hoping Stone and Delgan get to gather Well you didn't give us all the information needed to solve on our own, but Mel did strike me as being off key from the beginning. I liked the way you dangled Saul and Scott in front of us. You are a captivating writer that kept me up til 4 AM. I might forgo e you if you get busy writing another book soon. Still hoping Stone and Delgan get to gather Well you didn't give us all the information needed to solve on our own, but Mel did strike me as being off key from the beginning. I liked the way you dangled Saul and Scott in front of us. You are a captivating writer that kept me up til 4 AM. I might forgo e you if you get busy writing another book soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vicente Ramirez

    Another great read Banner's books are always convoluted mysteries; but easy to read and very entertaining. I love the typical end when all the top suspects are in the same room and get to find out who did what to whom. The epilogue is also very rewarding since it bring you back to the "normal" life and still give you some extra analysis about the story. Another great read Banner's books are always convoluted mysteries; but easy to read and very entertaining. I love the typical end when all the top suspects are in the same room and get to find out who did what to whom. The epilogue is also very rewarding since it bring you back to the "normal" life and still give you some extra analysis about the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Another absorbing read. Stone and Dehan successfully solve another cold case. The interaction of the two detectives keeps the reader entertained and chuckling throughout while the case goes from speculation to resolution. Highly recommended. On to the next cold case - unfortunately I'm reading them MUCH faster than they are being written! Another absorbing read. Stone and Dehan successfully solve another cold case. The interaction of the two detectives keeps the reader entertained and chuckling throughout while the case goes from speculation to resolution. Highly recommended. On to the next cold case - unfortunately I'm reading them MUCH faster than they are being written!

  10. 4 out of 5

    dennis barron

    Stance and Sinister Path. Blake Banner The strength and bond of a family can be a powerful and wonderful thing of beauty. It can also be a manipulative and treacherous thing of horror. Especially when a family member is brutally murdered. Cold case detectStone and Dehan are the two tasked with solving this cold case. Another excellent mystery murder . Enjoyed immensely!

  11. 5 out of 5

    liz sandin

    Great read! His stories have one twist after another. About the time I think I might have it figured out, the other shoe drops. The relationship between the 2 detectives is unusual & interesting. I have enjoyed each book & the development of the detectives. I have read 2 in one day!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.8/5 This series continues to be great. I’ve mentioned before that Stone always solves the case and this one is no exception. However, the ever changing pool of possible suspects kept me on my toes. I still don’t get the way that time is stated in this book. Maybe it’s an Author quirk? Instead of 1:45, it’s written as 15 before the hour? Or 45 past?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darlene J. Turner

    What evil is uncovered in this latest Dead Cold Mistery Blake Banner hit this one out of the park! Just when you think you've figured out who the bad 👎 guy is, Stone has a surprise in store for you. What evil is uncovered in this latest Dead Cold Mistery Blake Banner hit this one out of the park! Just when you think you've figured out who the bad 👎 guy is, Stone has a surprise in store for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Nelson

    Between New York and Colorado, Stone and Dehan set out to solve another cold case, this one foisted on them by a lazy Colorado sheriff. This is another in the series with a twisted plot and a Holmesian or even Nero Wolfe-like conclusion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Another good story from Blake Banner. I have grown to really like these two detectives - Stone and Dehan, they make such a good team. Will this murder be solved in the Bronx or in the Colorado Rockies? Kept me turning the pages. I am really enjoying these Dead Cold mysteries.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Another good story I love Stone & Rehab and fans of the series wont be disappointed in this story. Their closeness grows again on a personal level and the dangerous situation Stone gets himself in to is quite exciting! I'm about to start the next book right now! Another good story I love Stone & Rehab and fans of the series wont be disappointed in this story. Their closeness grows again on a personal level and the dangerous situation Stone gets himself in to is quite exciting! I'm about to start the next book right now!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Robert Pullan

    Strange and Sinister Path Well this was one of the best I have read so far Stone and Dehan are a great team, the ending was totally unexpected great read ,now onto next one in the series

  18. 4 out of 5

    fiona mackay

    Mystery Enjoying reading this series. Technology used by others so the two lead characters can be detectives who use the results of the technology to help them work out who did what.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Petra Beck

    Wow, this is a good one! In fact the whole series is great and I am literally ploughing through these books. NYPD detectives Stone and Dehan solving another seemingly impossible cold murder case, this one stretches all the way from the Bronx to a remote canyon in Colorado and back. Clever, witty, great banter, superb detection and full of twists until the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ann pac

    Keep the books coming Fabulous plots and loveable characters. Stone and Dehan make a great team and the way they solve cases is mentally stimulating. Can't wait to read the next book. Keep the books coming Fabulous plots and loveable characters. Stone and Dehan make a great team and the way they solve cases is mentally stimulating. Can't wait to read the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fred Thornton

    Spellbinding read! Stone and Dehan do it again. Working through a maze on misdirection to come up with the killer. Even more intriguing is the evolving personal relationship that has developed between the two detectives. When will it progress further?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melba Ortiz

    Another excellent story with two of the most interesting partners in detective fiction. The dialog between the partners is believable and realistic. Unraveling the mystery and the layering of the clues and the various characters continues to be fascinating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Gable

    Another good one in this series. I have enjoyed all the previous but liked this one a lot. Never would have guessed the ending--who would have thought!! Dehan and Stone are a great couple, they work together so well and are becoming (slowly) more than friends. I see romance ahead! I'm anxious to get to the next one in the series. Another good one in this series. I have enjoyed all the previous but liked this one a lot. Never would have guessed the ending--who would have thought!! Dehan and Stone are a great couple, they work together so well and are becoming (slowly) more than friends. I see romance ahead! I'm anxious to get to the next one in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Walt Mccluskey

    Strange and sinister path Very well written tale that eventually led to an ending I never expected. The different ways and actions of the participants in the different locations were believable and offered a proper backdrop to the mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    I love this series. Suspected the main culprit right from the start. Cleverly connected plotting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    KATHIE TODD

    Every book have been all Great, can't wait for the next one! All off these books have been great, read each one every day can't wait for the next one! Hope it is soon! Every book have been all Great, can't wait for the next one! All off these books have been great, read each one every day can't wait for the next one! Hope it is soon!

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

    Don't stop reading, it really does get rocking. Very, very clever story. You won't reget this quick read. Don't stop reading, it really does get rocking. Very, very clever story. You won't reget this quick read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Willis

    Hard to read. The plot was not too easy to understand. It went off the track before I was into the book. Bye

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I am really enjoying these novels. so much so that i have read all 20 novels in this series. I'm now going to start reading the Omega series. I am really enjoying these novels. so much so that i have read all 20 novels in this series. I'm now going to start reading the Omega series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Monroe Bryant

    What can I say, SUPER. Ok, book number 6, on to number 7. This one was a little confusing and real hard to predict but maybe that’s why I liked it.

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