Morgan Taylor, a thirty something struggling actress finally gets a chance to audition for a great role, but as luck would have it, her auditioning partner turns up dead. When a second death erases any doubts about the first being an accident, Morgan finds suspicions turning to her closest friends and decides to do a little detective work of her own. She finds support in her endeavors from police detective Roblings, a lumbering, bright and endearing fellow who catches Morgan&..
Soft-boiled Albuquerque P. I. Bubba Mabry is way short on cash when pimp Sultan Sweeney, late of New Orleans, strolls into his office. Sultan is working the old Route 66, Central Avenue, and somebody's killing his teen-age whores on "The Cruise". The cops won't tell Sultan anything, so Bubba's his boy. Bubba's list of suspects includes a reverend, a councilman, even a cop or two. The killer could even be a deadly competitor who is also in the "l..
Bill Gastner, the reluctant sheriff of Posadas County, New Mexico, anticipates his last few days in office will be uneventful. That is, until local teen Matt Baca drives drunkenly into the back of Gastner’s cruiser, then flees into the night. His eventual capture turns tragic when the boy becomes irrationally violent and takes a fatal tumble into oncoming traffic. Adding to the tragedy, Matt’s father is found dead in his tiny kitchen. Is this all a terrible ..
Three days before the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, balloon pilot Rachael Fairfield walks into the offices of RJP Investigations. She received a threatening note, which she believes came from her father, a convicted felon whom she sent to prison 15 years earlier. To complicate matters, her brother has initiated a huge publicity campaign for the world altitude record Rachael plans to attempt on the final Sunday of the fiesta. It seems simple enough. Ch..
Linda Real, Reporter for the Posadas Register, barely survives a night-time patrol with one of Undersheriff Bill Gastner’s deputies. The officer is killed by a blast from the same shotgun that ruined her face. Sheriff Gastner again teams up with Estelle Reyes-Guzman, with her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, to implicate Tammy Woodruff in the shooting. Tammy is a thrill seeking daughter of the local Republican County Chairman. Before Bill can interrogate her, she ..
River City is plagued by a serial rapist. His attacks are becoming more brutal and Detective John Tower is sure that he’ll go from rape to murder if he isn’t stopped soon. Meanwhile, the rapes stir up ghosts for both Officer Katie MacLeod and Officer Thomas Chisolm. Both struggle to put those haunted memories to rest even as they are drawn into the center of Tower’s investigation. When a series of mis-steps and near misses push the rapist even further, every..
Freddie O’Neal is again called away from her cats, the Keno games, and her private plane to solve a case. Gloria Scope’s daughter wanted Freddie to dig up some dirt on Gloria to force a resignation from the Scope computer-chip company. The daughter, her siblings and the company board members want Gloria out of the way. Someone decides murder is more efficient. Freddie hadn’t wanted to be involved in Gloria Scope’s scandalous life, but now she’s m..
Former homicide detective J.P. Beaumont may have cut himself loose from the Seattle police force, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the game. As he accompanies his grandmother and her new husband on their honeymoon cruise to Alaska, murder suddenly makes waves when Beau finds himself the target of a gang of middle-aged divorcees, including a tempestuous lady named Margaret Featherman. When Featherman’s fatal fall from the ship is caught by a security c..
Aging Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner is taking a rare vacation in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Still recovering from his quadruple bypass, Gastner heads to the hills to escape his physicians who keep preaching health reform. While there he intends to sort through his desire to reunite with Detective Estelle Reyes from San Estevan County. The plans for a peaceful vacation at Steamboat Rock Campground are interrupted by sirens. Reyes and Gastner do not meet f..
Is there a serial killer in Taos? It’s the height of the wedding season at Sweet’s Sweets and Sam has all she can do to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Plus, her side job—breaking into houses—isn’t allowing much summer time off either. Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set a wedding date. When Sam encounters two older women who then die suddenly, it appears that there may be a serial killer on the loose. Sam an..
Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become an internationally renowned concert pianist, touring the world under the auspices of his music conservatory. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry--and that's magnified when she learns that he's in Mexico’s crime-ridden Mazatlan for a concert series where he may be the target for scam artists and kidnappers. Estelle’s worries go from bad to wors..
Blues-singer Maxx Maxwell is smart, talented, and gorgeous–at least since she had her nose fixed, went blonde, and bought a push-up bra. So what if she’s living in a scruffy apartment in Hackensack, New Jersey, and the waitress job she’s taken to make ends meet is driving her crazy? Her band, Maxximum Blues, is really taking off, thanks to the talents of guitarist Jimmy Nashville, a heartbreakingly handsome guy whose life is complicated by an assortment of g..
Constanza Carmocha was unarmed, that is, she didn't have a gun. Well, she really didn't need one, either. Because she had all the weapons that have ruined men from time immemorial or better said - time immoral. One unlucky guy ended up with his throat slit because of her, and another was about to be bumped off. She was surrounded by a guy who resembled a shaved ape, and he looked as though he could pick himself up with one hand. But the hand isn't always quicker t..
They call it the Grief Shop. It's the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Massachusetts, and Tally Whyte is the director of its Grief Assistance Program. She lives with death every day, counseling families of homicide victims. But now death is striking close to home. In fact, the next death Tally deals with may be her own. Boston is the in the grip of a serial killer known as the Harvester, due to his fondness for keeping bloody souvenirs of his victims. But many of ..