It is always fun to be writing this time of year. It’s almost Christmas!
This season I dived behind the scenes to give you some backstory on Shepherd Malone and how he got the curmudgeon face he sometimes shows to the world.
Shepherd, Peg’s old partner, is retired and feeling a little sorry for himself. He’s spending Christmas alone since his daughter Sheryl is with her mother. And it’s snowing. And the blinking light on his window decorations is driving him crazy.
Besides that, Shepherd is planning on the purchase of a very expensive German Shepherd puppy.
What could possibly go wrong?
Join me as we follow Shepherd through three days of confusion and misdirection in this heart-warming story of the holiday season.
Peg Quincy is busy–way too busy. She has a new roommate, a new almost-boyfriend, and a dead body washed up on the creek side of an exclusive artists’ retreat. But she is up to the challenge. Or is she?
MALICE IN TARNISHED SPACES, the sixth Pegasus Quincy mystery, will be released in early Spring 2020.
This is Montezuma’s Castle, which is not technically a castle and most definitely was not owned by Montezuma, who never traveled this far north from Mexico.
It was, however, home to a resident Arizonan, one Blackjack the rattlesnake. He was a relatively docile black-tailed rattlesnake, and because Montezuma’s Castle is a National Monument, he was a member of the Protected Wildlife Clan.
The park crew painted his tail red so that they could track him, and at last count had moved him over 50 times from his favorite sunny snoozing point in the middle of the visitor’s trail.
This was too good a story not to pass on, so Blackjack shows up as a special critter that Peg Quincy has to relocate in PERIL OF SILVER NIGHTSHADE. I felt I had the right to “transport” Blackjack one last time, given that Montezuma never lived in this Castle, either!