Desert Lost

A Lena Jones Mystery

By Betty Webb
Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590586815, 264pp.

Publication Date: December 2009

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While running surveillance in an industrial section of Scottsdale, P.I. Lena Jones discovers the body of a woman connected to Second Zion, an infamous polygamy cult based in northern Arizona. Lena joins forces with Rosella, a former polygamist sister wife, to find the victim's killer, and soon discovers a shocking secret: in a society where one man can have ten wives, nine men will have none. Second Zion makes certain these possible rivals don't stick around.

About the Author
Betty Webb is the author of the acclaimed Lena Jones mystery series, which includes ""Desert Cut"" and ""Desert Wives."" A former Californian who once lived on a boat, like the zookeeper protagonist of ""The Anteater of Death,"" Betty now lives in landlocked Arizona, where she volunteers at the Phoenix Zoo. She also teaches Creative Writing at Phoenix College and is a member of the National Association of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the Authors Guild.

Praise For Desert Lost


“That’s a lot of plot elements, but Webb juggles them effectively, showing how private detectives must move seamlessly from one case to another and back again. This is a complex, exciting entry in a first-class series, and it makes an excellent read-alike for Sue Grafton fans.” –Booklist  starred review

“Readers will need a strong stomach as Webb lays out the details of polygamy and cult life in this fast-paced sixth series entry that will appeal to readers who enjoy gritty Southwestern mysteries. No one writes quite like she does.” –Library Journal starred review

 “Clear-cut characterizations help a complicated plot flow smoothly. As Webb points out in a note, polygamy still spawns many social ills, despite the recent, well-publicized conviction of Mormon fundamentalist prophet Warren Jeffs.” –Publishers Weekly 


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