Sherlock Holmes. The Hardy Boys. Miss Marple. The list of famous fictional detectives is long and illustrious. Could these sleuths soon be joined by Southern California’s own R. A. Huber? La Crescenta resident Alice Zogg’s new novel, “Revamp Camp”, stars Huber, an elderly female amateur detective living in Pasadena, in a strange mystery involving a rehab center for troubled youths.
In the early chapters of the novel, Huber is hired by Roger Hawk, a friend of her husband’s, to find out what has happened to his daughter, Emily. Emily was recently admitted to Revamp Camp, a treatment and rehab facility in Solvang, but has since been cut off from communicating with her family. Huber sends Andi, her young assistant, to the camp posing as a recovering alcoholic, but when weeks go by and Andi herself is not heard from, Huber decides to take matters into her own hands.
“Revamp Camp” is actually the seventh book in a series of novels starring R. A. Huber. Like Zogg herself, Huber and her husband were born in Switzerland, but have been living in the United States for several decades. This fact helps mold the character into a more believable entity, much in the same way that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s experiences as a doctor made his character Dr. John Watson come alive.