A Dose of Mystery from The Never-Open Desert Diner

I love a good mystery; a book that keeps me guessing or takes a turn totally excites me.  The Never-Open Desert Diner served a bit of mystery and an ending I wasn't expecting.  The main character is Ben Jones a truck driver on the 117 which connects two ghost towns in the Utah Desert.  He's a simple man but a honest worker and unfortunately he is totally broke and very close to shutting down his delivery business.  His customers are unique but loyal and just about all Ben has.  Ben is also just about the only contact his customers have to the outside world.  On a very ordinary day Ben encounters a woman living in a deserted home playing a cello.  He's instantly drawn to her and can't stop thinking about her.  He comes back for more and develops a strange relationship with her.  Eventually they fall in love but the woman's past comes back to haunt her and in turn Ben.  Along the way everything Ben knew about the only landmark in the desert, The Never-Open Desert Diner is turned upside down.  The woman is connected to the diner and it's decades of mystery come to light.  
The book didn't end like I expected and I'm having to come to terms that it didn't end the way I was hoping.  In a way that makes me like the book more because it wasn't predictable, however, I'm still a little saddened by the turn of events.
The book was a little slow to get started but once it did I didn't want to put it down.  I would recommend this book if you are looking for a fun summer read and mysteries are your cup of tea.

My favorite summer pastime is reading by the pool.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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