Day of the Dead

Ain’t just a commemorative holiday in Mexico/parts of the Southwest!

cover by Mina Yamashita

When a man is shot to death in his house near Albuquerque’s Old Town, homicide detective Chris Gutierrez is called to the scene with fellow detective Dale Harper to investigate. They soon discover that the murder victim may have been involved in human trafficking over the Mexican border, and that he may have attracted enemies in an underground network with its own code of honor. Did someone in that network kill him? Or did his past finally catch up with him? As Chris works to find answers, she also draws the attention of a local anti-immigrant blogger who will go to any length to post damaging and personal information about Albuquerque law enforcement officers, and she knows that her partner, prosecutor Dayna Carson, will be part of that campaign if the blogger discovers their relationship. She has to find a way to watch her back and keep Dayna and her friends and family safe from the blogger’s large audience and prying eyes, even as he dogs her every move.

From Albuquerque to El Paso, Chris is on the trail of a killer who seems to be able to disappear into the cultures on either side of the border, like a ghost or desert wind. Those along the border protect their own, Chris knows, but she has a job to do, even as she draws closer and realizes that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.

Excerpt on the way, so stay tuned!

Happy Friday!

My New Mexico mystery series: some news

Howdy, all —

As some of you know, I’ll be in New Mexico in a couple of weeks at a groovy author event. More info HERE.

I’ll be doing a reading from my latest and forthcoming book in the series, Day of the Dead. It’s a Chris Gutierrez mystery, in case you wondered. There are two main characters in the NM series. K.C. Fontero stars in odd-numbered books and Chris Gutierrez stars in even-numbered books. Anyway, we’re hoping for a fall release (start looking in November) for Day of the Dead, so folks at the New Mexico gathering September 14 will be getting a sneak preview of it. 🙂

Since I’ll be releasing another installment in that series, I thought I’d re-post some interviews I did with a few of the characters.

Interview with K.C. Fontero

Interview with Chris Gutierrez

Interview with Sage Crandall

And stay tuned, cuz a cover image is coming soon.

Hope everybody is having a groovy holiday weekend. Remember what it commemorates.