Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds ‘Bartering Bill’ Garr murdered at his rural antique store. Only one item is missing — a rare artifact believed to be the Pedro Mummy. First discovered in a cave in Wyoming, the Pedro Mummy was reported missing in the 1950s. Dr. Seth Talbot, newly arrived in town, has put out a fifteen-thousand-dollar reward for any information on the mummy, hoping that modern technology will prove his theory that a tiny race of people actually existed: one the Shoshones call the Nimerigar, or Little People.
McQuede is astounded to find the mummy in the trunk of Seth Talbot’s car. Talbot swears he;s being set up by rival co-workers — Dr. Arden Reed, in particular — who plans to benefit from his research.
McQuede suspects the theft of the mummy is a red herring used to cover up the true motive for the crime. The closer he comes to the truth, the deeper McQuede is drawn into an elaborate hoax that threatens his career and places him in grave danger.
Targeted Age Group: general readership
Book Price: 1.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing in the mystery genre is different because each book must be carefully planned. And of course, there has to be a crime or a murder to solve every time.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Always plot carefully so you won’t waste your time making big changes and doing extensive revisions. Set aside time to write every day. Take time to think about your writing. Once you have started on a project, your subconscious mind will go on working out details.
Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton, sisters and coauthors, are drawn to out-of-the-way places, old mining towns, and vast rangelands where the legends and history of the past live on. Inspired by the rugged mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, they find the lonely, high-country region a perfect setting for their novels.
Both writers live in Kansas; Loretta in Junction City, Vickie in Hutchinson. ‘Whispers of the Stones’ is their eighth book for AVALON. Others include their mysteries ‘Murder in Black and White,’ ‘Arctic Legacy,’ ‘Path of the Jaguar,’ and ‘Nightmare in Morocco.’
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My sister Loretta Jackson and I spend a lot of time exploring Wyoming. We also came across the story of the Pedro Mummy, a tiny mummy that was found in a cave. That part of our story is true–how a little mummy was discovered and how it disappeared. Of those who examined the mummy, opinions varied. Some believed it was a deformed child, others a full-grown man, possibly proof of an earlier race of tiny people believed by the Native Americans to live in the surrounding hills. It seemed an exciting premise to build a story around! We also spent a summer exploring Wyoming and looking at the petroglyphs, which helps set the background for our tale.