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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Murder, politics, small town secrets and a state-wide water shortage draw former Texas Ranger Oswald Nightingale back into action on the orders of the Governor in A Promise of Water by Sharon Scarborough. Sent to accompany the lawyer responsible for getting a reluctant property owner to sign over some acreage for a water project, Oswald quickly discovers there is more going on than he could have ever guessed. With the lawyer ending up dead and answers not very forthcoming, Nightingale walks a tightrope between the pressures from the government and his long-time friend, Roy McGowan, and the people and officials in the small East Texas town who resent his presence there, and not just because of the water deal.
With his background in the Rangers and his love for justice, Nightingale just can’t walk away when a boy is assumed to be guilty of murder because he is part Mexican. Although he has been told to stay out of the investigation and concentrate on getting the water deal signed, Nightingale just can’t take himself off the case. With the help of another former Ranger, clues are uncovered and the truth is revealed – but is it something Nightingale can live with?
A Promise of Water by Sharon Scarborough is a Texas-sized mystery with plenty of action to please any reader. In a story full of questions, twists and turns, the characters fulfill their roles and make you wonder over and over, ‘Whodunit?’ Fantastic descriptions of the location, comparisons between Nightingale’s West Texas hometown and the East Texas town he has to go to, and the human weaknesses and strengths of the characters make this an engaging read while the plot draws you in deeper and deeper to see what will happen. Well done and quite enjoyable. Great depth of characters. Nightingale is a terrific character and with Garrick, the combination is dynamic. An excellent story that leaves you hoping Scarborough will write more!