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Treasure State

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C.J. Box is back with his latest Cassie Dewell mystery, Treasure State, and it marks the first time a character from the Joe Pickett novels makes an appearance. Joe and Marybeth's adoptive daughter, April Pickett, is an intern with Dewell Investigations in Montana, where she mostly does paperwork and whatever task Cassie gives her.

Cassie has been working hard on her most recent case. Candyce Fly, a wealthy Florida widow, enlists her services to investigate the disappearance of private eye J. D. Spengler. After Marc Daly stole millions of dollars from Candyce, she hired Spengler to track him down. In Anaconda, Montana, a strange tiny town with an elusive sheriff who may or may not be on a bender, Cassie looks into Spengler's last known location.

An unidentified customer who claimed to be the author of the poem Sir Scott's Treasure approached Cassie before the Spengler case. Many people who have read the poem, which strangely emerged in a Manhattan eatery, believe the treasure is real and is probably buried someplace in Montana. The Montana landscape has claimed the lives of many treasure hunters who have searched for it. More individuals are joining the search for Sir Scott's Treasure because of an online forum, including Cassie's old friend Kyle Westergaard, 19, who hopes to uncover the purported gold treasure so he can pay for his grandmother's medical expenses.  

The author wants the treasure recovered by heeding the poem's hints, not the author's identity. In exchange for payment for her time, the author wants Cassie to utilize her investigative prowess to discover his or her identity. It wasn't until someone broke into her office, probably searching for information about the treasure, that Cassie started to get involved in the investigation.

Since I finished Treasure State in two days, you might conclude that I was completely engrossed in the story. Because there are two compelling narratives, it's more like two tales. However, the conclusions come across as a bit hasty, which raises the possibility that the author lost steam at the end. I would have been happy with this book even if it had been an extra 100 pages, just enough to give the endings a little more depth. Despite this, Treasure State is still a fantastic book to read, and I thought April Pickett was a great addition. Let's hope Joe Pickett shows up in the next installment.╌★★★★✰
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basically two mysteries, one being multi-pronged. Cassie has gotten a call from a woman in Florida who has lost her private investigator and would like to hire Cassie, not to find him, but to pick up where he left off. Candyce Fly was a woman of a certain age, and she was wealthy. Well, she had been, until a man had bilked millions out of her. She had hired a man named Spengler to locate the scum, but he had disappeared, too. She wanted Cassie to find the gigolo and bring him to justice. If she found Spengler, too, well, that would be just fine. Cassie called Spengler’s office in Florida and sweet-talked the researcher there to send her all Spengler’s file on this case. He had done a lot of work. It turns out there were other women, too. This man had stolen millions. Her second case was to find the man who had written the poem which potentially held clues to finding a $3 million dollar treasure. He wanted to to hire her to find him. He was taunting her. It was very odd. Well, she could do two things a once. 

Obviously there is a lot of nuance to both of these cases. There are other people involved. It actually was fairly easy for someone with Cassie’s skills and contacts to solve both mysteries. But, while doing it she put herself and others in danger. She did save at least one life, though, probably two. They were complex mysteries, well-plotted, and well-communicated as each one played out for the reader. Cassie is good, but even she misses things. She has a gut that works well and leads her to solutions. She is an excellent character and this was a good book. 

I was invited to read an e-ARC of Treasure State by Minotaur, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #Netgalley #Minotaur #CJBox #TreasureState
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C.J. Box always, always spins a great story and this is no exception. I am a fan of the Joe Pickett series but had not read any of the Highway Quartet Series. Cassie Dewell as a P.I. is clever and daring and her capabilities make sense. She has more than one puzzling case to solve. The novel opens with a break in at her new office, a call from a mysterious man who claims to have written "the" poem that started hundreds looking for the treasure he hid two years earlier, and a frantic call from an upper class woman in Florida who was conned out of her fortune. Thrown in the mix is the inexplicable disappearance of the first PI the woman hired.

Cassie is a former police office, with a past that complicates her relationship with police and sheriff's offices. She travels to Anaconda, a former copper mining town, with abandoned mines. This was the last place the missing PI was seen and there is some reason to believe the con man lives in Montana. Through persistence, research, interviews, the ability to talk people into things and knowing when to get help, Cassie works through her various tasks, turns over lots of rocks, takes risks she shouldn't  take.  A well written story with the usual parade of interesting characters resolves in some surprising and some predictable ways but all in a manner that gives pleasure.

I get a kick out of Cassie's mother Isobel, an MSNBC watching hippie who serves as a receptionist for the business and is jealous of the new intern, April. I am Isobel. I root for her while her daughter stresses out over Isobel's loose lips, late arrival and pettiness. On that flip side, I am a bit turned off by some of the pandemic language in the book showing Cassie thinks it's pretty much BS when she challenges the beliefs of a guy who is hyper quarantining  and worrying about new strains when everyone else is out and about. That's me too. Sort of. But, these characters serve as stereotypes to make points here and there and Cassie is a fully wrought character who goes after corrupt cops, who seeks justice and who is raising a son and moving through life as a complex and successful human being. If she has a quality or two I don't like, well, she ought to. I plan to go back and read more of this series. There are hints of a major Cassie Dewall case that includes a character in Treasure State who is really interesting, Kyle Westergaard, a young man with some developmental issues who she met during a very scary time. His story is one of my favorites in Treasure State.

Box's writing style is a favorite, capturing Montana scenery and the humanity of even a passing character. You just want to go there after reading his novels. Highly recommend.
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Private investigator Cassie Dewell has just been hired by two people with very different needs. One is a lady looking for the man who stole her fortune, and the other is a man asking Cassie to find him.
He claims to have written a poem that will lead to treasure. Whilst people are dying in the hunt for the elusive bounty, Cassie sets her sights on tracking him down and at the same time helping her first client too.
The trail for both of her quests take her to the mining town of Anaconda in Montana. A town that has its secrets and hides a dark side, but does it hold the secrets that Cassie is looking for?
CJ Box writes with a class and style unlike any other author. He is a master at bringing the outdoors to life. Box creates a tense and riveting story that draws the reader in and doesn’t let go until the end. This is Cassie Dewell at her finest. 
Another outstanding book by one of the best authors around. Just brilliant.
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Cassie Dewell is back and doing her best in the private investigation world. Following what was a contentious shooting of a uniformed officer in her previous encounter with death, Dewell is at the forefront of a long and mysterious hunt for a conman swindling millions. 

Cassie Dewell has a long and well notarized career in law enforcement, even though it is overshadowed by actions of others along the way. From being a rookie cop being taught by an experienced veteran to the life of a private investigator, she has seen the worst in humanity. This isn’t a Lizard King follow up, this is a story of redemption for those who have lost everything. Only if she’s able to put the pieces together and find the culprit. 

Candace Fly, widowed millionaire, is living her best south Florida life when Marc Daly comes along and woos her to no end. His charm, appeal, ability to listen, and capacity to indulge her need for attention leads to a large sum of money in the wrong hands, never to be seen again. Fly elicits the business of J.D. Spengler, a Tampa Bay private investigator to hunt down Mr. Daly. After a few weeks of city hoping on the victims’ dime, Spengler quits answering his phone. Cassie Dewell is called upon to put Dewell Investigations on the job. Cassie hops in and takes charge of the weird situation surrounding the missing man and the missing millions. 

Cassie is close with a guy by the name of Kyle Westergaard. After saving him from being kidnapped when he was younger, Kyle is on the hunt for the untold millions in gold from ‘Sir Scott’s Treasure’. Kyle is a gentle soul that doesn’t mean anyone any harm while he continues to try Cassie’s patience, but what he lacks in ability to interact with people is a plus with his ability to listen. Is he going to break the case for Cassie? 

Montana is known for a lot, resources, beauty, and being wide open but it will bring the walls closing in it will feel like a trap. Cassie Dewell will have to use clever deception and relentlessness to find the truth while watching her back every step of the way. With millions in gold to be found and millions taken from unsuspecting people, Dewell is in a life-or-death adventure that will change history forever. C.J. Box is as exciting as they come and he sets up Cassie Dewell to make a reputation nationwide if the case can be solved.
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Treasure State by C. J. Box is a very highly recommended procedural featuring Montana Private Investigator Cassie Dewell.

Cassie has two investigations underway in this complex, entertaining novel. The first one is finding the charming man who conned a wealthy widow out of millions of dollars. She called Cassie to take on the case after the Florida PI she hired disappeared while tracking down a suspect to Anaconda, Montana. Cassie soon learns that the case is bigger than she originally thought.

The second case is an unusual one. A poem is written by an anonymous author giving clues how to find a buried treasure worth millions and the search is on by treasure hunters. Cassie, however, is hired by the anonymous man who hid the gold. He wants to test his security by having her try to find him. If she tracks him down, he’ll pay her a bonus of $25,000.

Both of the investigations are complex, interesting, and full of intrigue, as well as surprises. This is the sixth novel featuring Cassie Dewell, but it works well as a stand alone. I need to go back and read the others in the series.

Cassie is a wonderful character. She's a smart, strong, intuitive single mother. She's also a realistic character who is 40 something, worries about her weight, and has to wear reading glasses. Cassie works hard and is very perceptive. I loved the interaction with her family, however brief it was here. The other characters were also interesting and memorable.

Box does an excellent job plotting the novel and setting a fast pace while Cassie follows clues in both cases. The narrative is mainly told through Cassie's point-of-view, although there are some alternating viewpoints. The chapters are short and to the point, keeping things moving along quickly. The chapter titles help the reader follow the action and the timeline of events. The final denouement is perfect. I highly enjoyed this whole novel!

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.
The review will be published on Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Edelweiss, and Amazon.
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Cassie Dewell is a private investigator in Wyoming.  She has solved a number of high profile cases which leads a wealthy Florida widow to hire her to find a con man who has bilked her of several million dollars.  Actually, she is tasked with finding the original private investigator the widow had hired who has now gone missing.  At the same time, a mysterious man hires her to find him - he says he wrote a poem that purports to lead someone to a pot of gold - a poem that has plenty of people searching the mountains and rivers of the state.  With these two cases battling for her time, and one becoming evermore dangerous, Cassie moves between some of the old mining cities and towns of the state in search of answers. This is the 6th book in Box’s Cassie Dewell series (the first having been published in 2011) but the first that I have read.  While I always like to start a series from the beginning, I did not find I had any problems having read this as a stand alone. It was an entertaining read with a likable lead character as well as some very dislikable antagonists.  There is plenty of action to keep you turning the pages along with several twists and turns that will keep you guessing at the outcome.  My thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
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This is the 6th book in the Cassie Dewell series, but the first I read, though I’m a longtime reader of the Joe Pickett series.  The novel is easily read as a standalone, though it certainly made me want to go back and read the first few books in this series.  As always with this author, there is an excellent sense of place, and even in the fictional context, there’s the sense of learning something about life in this part of the country.  Investigator Cassie Dewell is competent and no-nonsense in the best tradition of C.J. Box characters.  She conducts two simultaneous assignments—one involving tracking down a con artist who swindled a wealthy woman out of millions, and the other finding the man who claims to be the author of a poem with clues pointing to the location of a hidden treasure.  While everyone else hunts for the treasure, Cassie is challenged by the alleged treasure-hider to claim a reward by finding *him.* Cassie tackles both cases effectively and with a keen sense of right and wrong.  Fans will appreciate the nod to the Pickett series when one of the secondary characters turns out to be someone we know and love.  The ending is satisfying on several levels, with the justice we were all rooting for being served.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur and Netgalley for a digital advance copy.
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Cj box has written another page turner.The setting of Montana the well written characters abook I could not put down.I am a fan of all the authors books .#netgalley #minatorbooks.
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“Private “Investigator Cassie Dewell’s business is thriving, and her latest case puts her on the hunt for a slippery con man who’s disappeared somewhere in the “treasure state”. A wealthy Florida widow has accused him of absconding with her fortune, and wants Cassie to find him and get it back. The trail takes Cassie to Anaconda, Montana, a quirky former copper mining town that’s the perfect place to reinvent yourself. As the case develops, Cassie begins to wonder if her client is telling her everything.”

First off – What’s with cover art lately? All “chick lit” seems to be in shades of teal, whereas all thrillers/murder mysteries, yellow and blue. The Best Seller shelf in my library is looking tragically homogenous.

Second – This book is just not for me; both in the did-not-enjoy and the not-the-target-audience ways.

I love a good murder mystery as much as the next bibliophile, but I found this one flat.

The plot was fine, but the characters were especially shallow. A person was either Good or Bad, with zero nuance.

Added to that, the heavy-handedness in regards to the author’s feelings about Covid protocols? Those concerned are brainless, spineless, and heartless, whereas all the skeptics were brave, hard-working, and clear-eyed. I get that Mr Box has to appeal to his base, but as stated, I am not that base.


Thanks to NetGalley, MacMillan Audio, and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC.
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I must have been sleeping because I totally missed the previous five books in this series. They are now on my list of must reads. Cassie is a great character, a real life woman, middle aged with a daughter and working as a PI. She isn't flashy, she isn't one to act rashly. In this book, which worked fine for me as a stand alone, she has two cases. One is a woman from Florida who needs Cassie's help tracking down the dirtbag who swindled her out of her money. The other revolves around a buried treasure and a poet. He claims to be the one who did the burying and wants her to find him. Strange, indeed. The treasure hunt has more than a few dead treasure hunters attached to it. Will there be more? 
The Montana setting coupled with a very well crafted pair of puzzles to sort out gave me a very satisfying read. There were enough twists and red herrings to keep me guessing - wrong - all the way to the end.
My thanks to the publisher Minotaur and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Whether reading about game warden Joe Pickett or private investigator Cassie Dewell, C.J. Box knows how to spin a tale that makes readers keep turning the pages. Although I like Joe, I have to admit that I have a special fondness for Cassie, and watching her solve the two cases in Treasure State was a real treat.

Cassie shines in Treasure State, but so do the secondary characters: her new intern, April Pickett; her annoying mother Isabel; the young Kyle Westergaard who's determined to find the treasure no matter how hard Cassie tries to stop him; even the Lothario who roams the country stealing as much money from women as he can-- all these characters keep readers fully engaged in the story.

Both cases Cassie is investigating are gems, and I love watching her mind work as she pieces things together. She always works hard to be one step ahead of the bad guys in order to keep herself and all those she cares about safe. It's refreshing to have the main character go out of her way not to do anything stupid.

Having spent many happy hours out in the middle of nowhere (and closer afield) locating old mining towns in the mountains and deserts of Arizona and learning their fascinating histories, I soaked up everything Box had to say about Montana's mining past, in particular, the town of Anaconda, a town long considered to be the heart of the American labor movement. 

Characters, mysteries, history-- Treasure State was downright fun to read, and I can't wait to see what Cassie Dewell gets up to next.
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Montana private investigator Cassie Dewell is working on two cases in Treasure State, the sixth in the Highway Quartet series. [Why is it book six of a series of four (the definition of quartet)? I have no idea.]

Cassie's first case is a bit of a puzzle. A poem has been found leading allegedly to a $3.5 million treasure. The poem’s author has hired Cassie anonymously to find out his identity. Could that be why her office was ransacked?

Her second case is to find a con man. The victim’s first PI has ominously come up missing while working on the case. Can Cassie find the con man and determine if he had anything to do with the detective's death?

I have never been disappointed by this author. And I wasn’t here either. The con man case is a straightforward PI procedural. While the treasure case has some humor included. It is based on a real treasure map story from the northern US, if I remember correctly. The two stories balance each other out nicely. 4 stars for Treasure State. It is a good solid procedural mystery.

Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.
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My first CJ Box read but definitely won’t be my last!  Totally enjoyed this book. Loved the setting, storyline and awesome delivery. A great cast of characters that kept me flipping pages from start to finish. 
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book
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4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) This was a fun quick read! Cassie is a PI who is tasked with finding a con man but also the man who started a country-wide treasure hunt.

I wasn’t sure I’d like Cassie but wow she really grew on me! She’s honest and genuine. I loved hearing each step she took in each case. 

The climax came on unexpectedly and felt a bit rushed but was such a fun journey. That ending made me smile! It was perfectly wrapped up.

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the gifted copies!

The book releases September 27, 2022.
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Fans of the series know that Cassie is a no-nonsense investigator who is great with complex cases- and new readers will be pleased to discover this will be fine as a standalone.  She's been hired by the man who started a treasure hunt with a poem left in a restaurant to find him. That's right- he wants to know if anyone can find him, not the pot of gold.  And then she's hired by a woman in Florida who was fleeced by a con man who romances older women for their money.  Will these two fit together except that both men are believed to be in Montana?  No spoilers from me but know that she's hired April Pickett (!) and her son Ben to help out.  This shifts between POVs- mostly Cassie, a PI, and a bad guy.   The writing feels a bit stilted in spots but is smooth in others.  There are good twists here (I was surprised).  There's also unfortunate commentary against masks and making light of COVID which, although I realize reflect the character's views,  disappointed me.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  A good read.
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I loved this book!

In short Cassie Dewell, private investigator, has been hired for 2 different cases. One involves a treasure hunt and finding the man who created it, the other is chasing down a con man for a woman in Florida who believes he was last seen in Montana. 

As a long time CJ Box fan this book was on point and a pure joy to read. I love Cassie, she’s a strong, smart, confident & witty woman. The way she unraveled both mysteries captivated me and kept me sucked in to see what would happen. I also loved that we got a little surprise crossover from Saddlestring. 

I happen to live in Montana and Box captures the setting & local characters so well. Everything from the pride residents of Butte and Anaconda have for their town to how an employee at the Dept of Justice answers the phone. (I work in the same building as them and this made me laugh out loud!) 

I also lived in Yellowstone at the height of the Forest Fenn treasure hunt. Using this treasure hunt as inspiration for the Sir Scott’s Treasure was fantastic and captured the craziness and obsession of hunters so well. 

Links to reviews will be added as soon as they’re posted closer to publication date.
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Cassie Dewall's day ends with her office being broken into - and then it just gets stranger... She takes on a case to find a missing PI who was helping a Florida woman find the man who scammed five million dollars from her. And her phone rings again, it's a man who says he's the writer of the poem who has everyone hunting for a golden treasure. He'll pay Cassie if she can figure out who he is. In true C. J. Box style, the author weaves these tales altogether into a fantastic read! I had not read the Cassie Dewall series - but I'm going to to back and read them all. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books for the advanced reader of this book. The opinions are my own.
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Cassie Dewell’s P.I. business is thriving.  She has more work than she and her receptionist can handle so she takes on April Pickett (Joe and Mary Beth’s adopted daughter) as an intern.  Currently, Cassie has two open cases.
The most immediate case involves a wealthy Florida women who was conned out of her fortune by a devious Montana man.  The previous P.I. on the case was murdered near Anaconda, Montana.  Cassie quickly discovers a likely suspect in the area but his charm, wit, and skills of deception temporarily misdirect her and put her in danger.  The second case is more abstract.  Someone has written a poem promising a buried treasure in Montana to anyone who can decipher the clues found within the poem.  Cassie is hired by the poet not to find the treasure but to see if she can find and identify him.  Fierce competition among the treasure hunters to find the treasure has already resulted in five deaths.  The instigator poet wants to be assured he will remain anonymous.
While I prefer the Joe Pickett series to the Cassie Dewell series, I’ve grown to enjoy most anything C.J. Box writes.  That same under estimated, ‘dumb like a fox’ attribute comes through in all his lead characters.  That combined with the western outdoor backdrop always makes his work worth reading.
Thanks to NetGalley for the advance look.
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I don't know much in life but I do know people lose their minds about treasure hunts and there is a certain gravity to "Dateline mysteries." In Treasure State, C.J. Box weaves multiple storylines involving a strange poem with ties to said treasure hunt, a cat and mouse game between Cassie Dewell and the treasure burier(?), a loverboy conman and the disappearance of a P.I. who has searching for the loverboy. Each thread on their own play a crucial part in the overall vibe but the way Box interweaves the darker threads with the more lighthearted treasure hunt angle is essential. Otherwise, Treasure State might be too dark for some people. 

Instead, you get a fun, quick read with fantastic characters written with the expertise Box fans are accustomed. Treasure State. while it is the sixth book featuring Cassie Dewell, can be read as a standalone but don't be surprised if you find a new series to delve into.

My sincere thanks to C.J. Box, Minotaur Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Treasure State.
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