Special! Limited time Offer! Boxed Set of Pegasus Quincy Mysteries

Begin this fast-paced mystery series set in the high desert plateau of Arizona with these first three books in a box set! Rich in character and atmosphere, these mysteries are humorous and at times romantic.

For a limited time only, get all three in a Kindle edition for $2.99!

Book 1: DEATH IN COPPER TOWN. Rookie sheriff’s deputy Peg Quincy takes on a small town seething with conflict and murder.

Fate intervenes when a dead body turns up in an old copper mining pit. The dead man is a three-time lower disowned by even his own mother. Peg’s sheriff boss declares the death an accident and orders her to “move on.” She at first agrees, but then her office is ransacked and her assistant kidnapped.

Danger intensifies when Peg is assaulted and her grandfather becomes involved.

Ultimately, she must decide which is most important: her job, her family, or her own life.

Book 2: BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH. A hostile partner dredges up old history as Peg Quincy becomes too involved with a family of would-be murderers.

When Peg chooses to help a young man in trouble, she alienates her new partner, ignores regulations, and jeopardizes an ongoing investigation. And just when things couldn’t get any worse—they do!

She tangles with the Nettle family: an insanely jealous wife, a banished son, and a seven-month pregnant mistress. All have good reason to kill the patriarch, and nobody’s talking.

Peg is furious when her own life is threatened. But can she discover who killed old man Nettle before it is too late?

Book 3: FIRE IN BROKEN WATER. Simmering battles over water rights erupt into murder and destruction in Peg Quincy’s territory.

When Peg’s partner refuses to declare a murder in a fatal horse ranch fire, she circumvents the law to investigate anyway.

Two families feuding over water rights, a Gypsy clan suspected of drug dealing, and a blackmailer on the loose, all lead Peg astray in her quest to find the killer in a desert town beset by flash floods and arsenic-laced creeks.

Enjoy these fast-paced thrillers of the American West, Kindle edition through Amazon. 

 

Listen up! DEATH IN COPPER TOWN now an audiobook!

Death in Copper Town Audible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always been a hands-on author. I researched my book and I wrote my book. I edited, formatted, and Indie published it. I was beginning to feel like the Little Red Hen!

So working with a collaborator has been a new experience for me. I was lucky enough to find a marvelous narrator named Amy Otteson, and she’s been with me every step of the way to produce this audio book version of Death in Copper Town.

Amy has added new depth and meaning to my story. Just listen to her rendition of the characters of Peg’s grandfather HT and his friend Armor. And what about that very enticing southern drawl of Flint Tanner? East Texas has never sounded so good.

Even if you read the print version on Kindle or got the paperback version of DICT, I think you’ll find a whole new world awaiting you with this audio version.

You can get a free copy of the mystery, with a 30 day free trial of Audible at:
Death in Copper Town.

And with Whispersync for Voice now available, you can switch from phone to tablet to computer to Kindle, and through the magic of technology, your place is saved. Now that is my kind of bookmark!

I hope you enjoy listening to Death in Copper Town. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

 

The wholeness of water in the desert

desert oasis

I was fortunate to come across this open water near Tavasci Marsh at sunset, just when the world was golden.

It reminded me how beautiful our planet is, in all its changing moods.

Water and light, combining to bring joy in the moment.

A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you, the less you know.

~Diana Arbus~

Going against the grain

Going against the grain

My cat Foxy is small, but fiercely independent. She knows what she likes when she likes it.

For this afternoon nap, she chose to sleep crossways in this cat basket with one ear completely covered, even though, clearly, the right way to do it was just the opposite. But who is to say which might be more suitable for her?

I learn a lot, watching my cats.

Men wanted for hazardous journey.
Small wages, bitter cold. Long months off complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.

~Sir Earnest Henry Shackleton~

 

Drawn by a giant

Drawn by a giant

The constantly changing perspective of Alice in Wonderland delights me. First she is tiny and the world is huge. All of a sudden she grows immense and everything around her has shrunk.

Her image has stuck with me as I take pictures, and it sometimes creates dizzying shifts of perspective. As I viewed this desert cliff side, I thought of her possible Southwestern counterpart.

Imagine, if you will, a gigantic artist, coloring this desert scene. He settles carefully into a cross-legged position in the arroyo, trying to fit in amongst the cottonwoods and alder trees.

Out of an immense pencil box he picks up a piece of charcoal and carefully smudges the vermilion cliffs with desert varnish. Then he selects a white pen and limns the outlines of the Octotillo, as it waits for the summer rains…

Imagination must be visited constantly,

or else it begins to become restless and

emits strange bellows at embarrassing moments. Ignoring it only makes it grow larger and noisier.
~Patricia McKillip~

It’s coming! Loud and clear!

Death in Copper Town Audible

For several months now, I’ve been in contact with a talented vocal artist, Amy Otteson.

She has agreed to record the entire Pegasus Quincy series for Audible! She is hard at work on the first book of the series, Death at Copper Town.

You’ll be the first to know when it’s “in the can” and ready to be ordered on Audible through the Amazon marketplace. Soon.

A new chapter in the Pegasus Quincy saga begins!

What if time is fluid?

ancient ollas

Even with parts missing where the light shines through, the inherent beauty and grace of these ancient ollas, or water jars, is unforgettable. They are a reminder of our past as a human species. Our yesterday.

But they could be part of our future as well. A new physics theory asserts that time may be fluid, allowing the past, present, and future to exist simultaneously.

If that is true, somewhere, a thousand years from now, an archaeologist is fitting together broken teacups and barbecue platters, wondering what our civilization must have been like! Our tomorrow.

A people without history is like
wind through buffalo grass.

~Teton Sioux proverb~

Gargoyle in the desert

I discovered this pink gargoyle in the middle of the Phoenix historic district, and my mind went back to a recent trip to Notre Dame in Paris where a lot of his cousins live.

Perhaps this little guy taking a vacation, getting away from the cold winter mist near the Seine!

In the middle of winter, I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.
~Albert Camus~

 

Where Blackjack lives

Montezuma's Castle

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!

Just in time inventory

javelina and peach tree

I once lived near a gully that served as a major byway for wildlife. Through it came bobcats who liked to sit on the big rocks and sun themselves, rattlesnakes who would park themselves underneath my bird feeders and wait for dinner, and these guys. If there is one thing that javelina like better than prickly pear cactus, it has to be peaches!

Originally I thought they had these little calendars marked with when the peaches would be ready to eat, but then I found out it is their remarkable memories of where the good stuff is, and their amazing sense of smell.

They know, even before me and the green beetles, when the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.

We are like islands in the sea,
separate on the surface, but connected in the deep.

~William James~