I am done with this series.
A Meeting at Corvallis, the third book in first Emberverse trilogy, unfortunately didn't return to the magic of the 1st in this series. Too much battle info-dumping, not enough people behaving believably.
That said, I did cry
at the death of Mike Havel
But I'm just done. If I want the minutia of military campaigns and what people ate, I'll go read some L.E. Modesitt Jr. At least his villains aren't such caricatures.
Ross is still missing and Mike and Norman are doing their best to be there for Hannah. No one knows where he is or what he is doing. PK, Ross's assistant, is helping Michelle promote the plays that are coming up and being around her and Hannah. Offering them hope and letting them know if he has heard anything. One day, he asks if they can give him a ride, but they let him borrow Ross's car, that Michelle is driving, and as he is leaving work, he calls them on the phone and lets them know that he is having problems. He ate some candy found on Ross's desk. Since he was video calling them they were able to give Mike some clues as to where he went off the road. They go and find that Ross is dead, they find out that the candy was poisoned, but they don't know who the candy was really for. Hannah and Michelle and Lonnie and Mike all team up to find out who killed PK and was Ross the real target.
When I got to the end of the story, I was disappointed because it was left as another cliffhanger and I walked away saying that I hated Ross. I just felt that there was not a good conclusion to the story. This story had 29 recipes! I saved several because I really want to try some of the recipes. One thing about the recipes is all the tips that are included in them.
Jessica is set to go to Seattle, WA for a book signing and then begin her Alaska Tour. Her friend, Cathy, asks if she can come along as she needs help in trying to find her sister, Wilhelmina (Willie). They run into a crazy man who thinks Jessica stole his idea for a story (setting - California), many who remember Willie because she talked non-stop about finding the gold her aunt had left them. They meet many notable characters on the cruise and they use the library to find answers and they ask questions of all they can. The response they got was not good. They need to continue asking questions and searching for Willie.
I really enjoyed the story as it was still reminiscent of the old shows.