The Stone Hawk by Gwen Moffat
In a remote corner of Utah, the community on Salvation Canyon seems a sanctuary in an intimidating land of stone.
However, there is a history of stern Mormonism and cattle-rustling, while prehistoric Indians have left a legacy which the residents protect fiercely. In such a place there must be secrets. And so when Birdie, a young half-Indian girl so avid to discover the truth of ancient legends, disappears, the tension explodes to the surface.
Then, when Birdie’s disappearance is followed by that of a second child, Miss Pink can’t help but wonder if the disappearances are related. Accusations fly and alibis quickly materialise as the formidable Miss Pink does what she does best: discerning who has the most to hide. As the stakes rise, Miss Pink must mine the depths of depravity before the shocking conclusion is reached…
Gwen Moffat served in the WRAC during World War II. Afterwards she took up climbing and became the first woman guide to be appointed by the British Mountaineering Council. The first Miss Pink mystery appeared in 1973, and others have followed almost annually.