Much Ado About Grubstake by Jean Ferris
Fun quirky story that I absolutely could not get into at all. One of those 'it's not you, it's me' kind of books. I have been seriously into the dark, creepy books, so I am not sure why I even picked this one up at this time. Maybe will go back and reread when I am in a lighter mood?
(from jacket cover)
Grubstake, Colorado. Just a grubby down-on-its-luck mining town filled with grubby down-on-their-luck miners. Nobody's dug up anything but dirt, dirt, and more dirt for years. So when a big-talking city slicker offers cold hard cash for all the worthless holes in the ground, everyone's tempted to sell out.
Well, nearly everyone. Sixteen-year-old Arley Pickett isn't tempted-she's suspicious. Nothing ever exciting happens in Grubstake. So what's with city slickers flashing cash and miners snatching it up? And what about the mysterious black-clad stranger who rides into town when all the going-on start going on? No matter how much trouble she has to stir up, Arley's gonna dig up the truth if it's the last thing she ever does.
And if she's not careful, it just might be.