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Reviewed by Rebecca Carrico for Readers' Favorite
The story begins with Adriadne French receiving a phone call from Marfa, Texas, informing her that her boyfriend, Aaron, has died under mysterious circumstances. The caller states that he is the executor of Aaron's will and is notifying her that she is listed as one of his heirs. Ari is shocked by the call because she has not been in touch with Aaron for several months. They were supposed to leave together to start a new life in Montana, but because of a family illness he left without her. She had not heard from him since he left. His cell phone was disconnected and she had no other other way of finding him. Ari decides to travel to Texas to see if she can discover what happened to Aaron. She arrives in Marfa, Texas, home of the famous Marfa Mystery Lights, and discovers a small, dusty Texas town filled with a variety of eccentric characters. Ari also discovers that Aaron had developed a new computer public-key encryption scheme and the source code is missing. Could this be the reason he was murdered? Can she find it before the murderer does?
In Murder by The Marfa Lights, Ms Weeks has written a fun, witty mystery with rather whimsical characters. The odd collection of people, which the author describes in detail, seem to come alive to the reader. It is a crazy cast of characters who make it difficult to identify the killer until the very end. All in all, a very good read.