Two Santa Fe award-winning authors share the stage to present their latest mysteries, Anne Hillerman whose eagerly anticipated Tale Teller is her fourth book in the Leaphorn and Chee Series, and J. Courtney White who presents The Sun - Volume 1 of the Sun Ranch Saga.
Legendary Navajo policeman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact—a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot.
While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI.
As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge . . . and offer an unexpected opportunity that opens a new chapter in Bernie’s life.
About the Author: Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Spider Woman’s Daughter, Rock with Wings, Song of the Lion, and Cave of Bones, as well as several nonfiction books. She is the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Sun: a Mystery (The Sun Ranch Saga)
The Sun Ranch Saga is a contemporary mystery series. It is centered on a large cattle ranch in northern New Mexico, near the fictional town of Alameda, and takes places during the tumultuous years of 2008-9.
Something is amiss in the New West... A murdered ranch employee. A vanished suspect. A stolen rodeo horse. A black helicopter. Angry environmentalists. Menacing oil-and-gas developers. A Sasquatch hunter gone astray. A mysterious billionaire. A missing can opener...
Without warning, Dr. Bryce Miller, a young doctor in Boston, inherits a large, historic ranch in northern New Mexico from a wealthy uncle she barely knew. She flies out to sell The Sun to the highest bidder, but things get complicated when a body is found murdered on the ranch. Is it a warning meant for her? Meanwhile, she must choose among a colorful cast of suitors who want to turn the working cattle ranch into either: an upscale housing development with golf courses, an oil-and-gas field, a nature preserve, a casino resort, the underground home for a doomsday cult, or the plaything of a shadowy business mogul. Each is willing to pay a large sum of money - and maybe do anything - to get the ranch.
She has seven days to decide.
About the Author: J. Courtney White has been writing stories about land and people since he was thirteen years old, when a summer road trip through Mexico lit a fire that has never gone out. A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, who dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to cofound the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to building a radical center among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. He served as Executive Director of Quivira for nearly fifteen years before becoming its Creative Director and ultimately leaving in 2016 to focus on writing.
His nonfiction writing focuses on archaeology, collaborative conservation, regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration, and the radical center. In his nonprofit work, he aims to foster economic and ecological resilience in working landscapes, with an emphasis on carbon ranching and other low-tech solutions to pressing global challenges.
His new endeavor is fiction. The Sun Ranch Saga is a mystery series set on modern-day ranch in northern New Mexico.