A High Price to Pay is the second novel in the Madeline Dawkins series by Cynthia Hamilton. Madeline is pursuing two professions, event coordinator and private investigator. With her life long friend Mike, she stumbles into a murder investigation and shortly after another body is discovered. While all this is going on, Madeline gets news that Rick Yeoman, a man who abducted her three years ago, has been released from jail. With the release of Rick also brings the reappearance of Lionel Usherwood, who is seeking revenge. Yeoman’s body is found in Lake Cachuma and Madeline is Lionel’s next target.
The author did a wonderful job portraying such a thrilling mystery. The story did seem to end abruptly while other less important parts dragged on, but overall I think it was well written. I look forward to reading other stories by Hamilton.