Tree pioneers of the Verde Valley
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Tree pioneers of the Verde Valley

When I set out to write the Pegasus Quincy mystery series, I knew the first one, Death in Copper Town, had to take place in a mining town on the slopes of the Verde Valley. To make it realistic, I had to include the Ailanthus trees ubiquitous to that part of the Valley. Apple trees in the…

Book Review: Ursula Le Guin, No Time to Spare
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Book Review: Ursula Le Guin, No Time to Spare

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ms. Le Guin, who recently passed away, wrote this collection of essays published in 2017 when she was in her mid-80s. It is a wakeup call to older authors that the writing life lasts as long…

Free this week on Amazon Kindle: the newest Pegasus Quincy mystery!

Free this week on Amazon Kindle: the newest Pegasus Quincy mystery!

 Every so often Amazon allows me to offer one of my books FREE on Kindle. This week, FIRE IN BROKEN WATER is it! If you’ve not read this third release in the Pegasus Quincy mystery series set in the Verde Valley, now is the time! And if you like, leave a review for me, too?…

The peace of rain
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The peace of rain

It was raining when I woke this morning. Not an electricity-charged toad-strangler, but a quiet rain, a thoughtful rain. I considered not walking at all. I was cranky and stiff after a fitful night’s sleep. It had been a rough week and I still carried stress in my neck and shoulders. But I grab an…

Book Review: Corrag by Susan Fletcher, a historical romance of Scotland
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Book Review: Corrag by Susan Fletcher, a historical romance of Scotland

Corrag by Susan Fletcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most lyrical stories about historical Scotland I’ve ever read! It is told from the viewpoint of a Sassenach, an Englisher, who is said to be a witch because of her skill with herbs. She falls in love with Glencoe and with a…