The High Country Mystery Series


RAPID RIVER HOAX  -- Our latest Jeff McQuede mystery

After McQuede is jilted at the altar by his long-time girlfriend, Dawson convinces him that a relaxing river rafting trip is just what he needs to get over his heartache. Unknown to Dawson, McQuede has also come along to investigate the disappearance of a young man who has recently vanished from the lodge.  Andy Norton may be perpetuating one of his notorious  hoaxes or he may be in serious danger. Dawson also has a secret motive for the trip.  He is searching for a rare Native American Sheepeater camp, a project that draws Loris and her boss and rival, Arden Reed, to the scene.  Surrounded by colorful characters and intrigue, McQuede finds himself in a race to save valuable artifacts and to find out what happened to Andy.

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Sheriff Jeff McQuede becomes suspicious when a robber breaks into the Coal County Museum and steals only one item—a black and white class photograph.  Under the name Jerome Slade the photographer had printed two ominous words: Never Graduated.

When a body is unearthed beneath the newly-demolished school, McQuede realizes Slade had not left Black Mountain the night of the spring dance.  McQuede uncovers hidden rivalries between Slade and his classmates.  When he discovers that Heather Kenwell and the woman of his dreams, Loris Conner, were rivals for Slade’s affection, McQuede fears finding out the truth.  Theft, blackmail, and another brutal killing lead back to photographs taken by Black Mountain’s eccentric photographer, Bruce Fenton.  While others see an innocent collection, McQuede sees murder in black and white.



"Some grudges never die, even when decades have passed. "Murder in Black and White" is a mystery following Sheriff Jeff McQuede as the most unusual burglary occurs, when a single black and white photo is found and soon enough, bodies begin to show up. McQuede finds himself rushing to find the man in the photographs and learn the connections before more people turn up dead. "Murder in Black and White" is a riveting old-school style mystery that is as fun as it is entertaining. "

                                                                                           *****    5 Star Amazon Review--Midwest Book Review

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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.

Whispers of the Stones" is a multi-layered mystery that should prove a strong addition for genre fans--
Midwest Book Review

If you like a mystery with an interesting location as well as colorful characters, this is the one for you.
--Reader's Favorite, Jean Brickell


                                            TEXAS RANGER

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The deeply satisfying, well-plotted mystery has well-drawn characters, and the authors' research of Wyoming's cave carvings and legends of the Little People make WHISPERS OF THE STONES a truly intriguing read. I highly recommend the High Country series and adventures of Sheriff Jeff McQuede to anyone who loves a good mystery.    
                                                                                                                                             Jean Henry Mead, Author of  Gray Wolf Mountain

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The famous Carlo painting Stealer of Horses sells for cash in a small Wyoming town and gallery owner Sheldon Spence gives the $200,000 to his wife, who walks over to the bank to make the deposit...and never returns.

A witness claims to have seen a  frightened-looking Susan Spence in a battered old Chevy, speeding out of town. And each succeeding clue reveals a different angle on her disappearance. Sheriff Jeff McQuede begins to wonder if this is more than a simple case of kidnapping and robbery. Was Sheldon involved in Susan’s disappearance? Or did Susan and a lover fake the scheme, planning to run off with the money they stole from Sheldon? The identity of a victim found shot behind the wheel of the Chevy holds the key to one ominous question: Is Susan Spence a kidnap victim—or is she part of some sinister ploy?

"Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have authored a tremendous story that is on par with the best mysteries available on the market...Their    descriptions of the characters and the places are extremely vivid and the plot is cleverly thought-out.... I am now a converted fan, as mysteries are my favorite types of books. I enjoyed McQuede's character so much that I will be investing in more books in this series. I earnestly request all people who either like westerns or sleuth stories to purchase this dynamite book. A must read to which I award 5 stars.
                           Reviewed by Nicola Davies for Readers Favorite

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Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds Durmont’s highly respected judge, Phil Grayson, bludgeoned to death in his study, a black executioner’s hood shoved over his head. Behind him on walls and in display cases is his Old West outlaw collection that includes a death mask, a hangman’s noose, and a Peacemaker. 

The judge has many enemies, one, Darin Keefe, just released from prison after serving seven years for a crime involving a city scandal. Judge Grayson’s best friend, John Harwood, was believed to have taken a bribe from Keefe Construction and to have committed suicide rather than face conviction. Has the killer singled out some rare item in this macabre collection to steal and left the rest behind, or is this a modern-day example of vigilante justice?

An interesting American mystery book outside the box.  A mystery book taking place in the an American province with rich wild west history. Sheriff McQuede is called to solve the mysterious murder of the province's judge, who was found with an executioner's hood over his head. A story that runs in contemporary times, but with a strong sense of american history and wild west villains. I was expecting a rather cliché american mystery, but I was so positively surprised to find that this book is not.

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Wyoming winters can be murder! In the heart of a raging blizzard Sheriff Jeff McQuede discovers a woman frozen to death in her car. At first he believes her death to be an unfortunate accident--until he finds clues that point to cold-blooded murder. Margaret's husband, Arthur, left her in the stalled vehicle to brave the storm and manages to reach Joe Trevino's isolated ranch. The case becomes more complicated because of the recent warehouse robberies at Trevino's store. McQueede finds that Trevino is Margaret Burnell's business partner, and that she has traveled from their Casper store to conduct a company audit. In addition, Margaret has planned to meet with her only child, a run-away daughter she hasn't seen in years. Trevino, the missing daughter, and Arthur Burnell would all profit financially from Margaret's demise. Has a relentless killer tracked and sabotaged the Burnells, or did Arthur simply abandon his wife for his share of the money, leaving her to die an icy death?

Fans of Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, and Louis L'Amour will enjoy this modern day Western. While investing the thief of rifles from a sporting goods warehouse, Sheriff Jeff McQuede comes across a dead woman stranded in a wrecked car on an isolated mountain road during a snow storm. He has numerous suspects and motives when a young woman he has been mentoring is murdered. The story is fast paced with plot twists and turns. I liked that there was no explicit sex or profanity.     Fred Danysh

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CRYING WOMAN BRIDGE  -- Our latest Jeff McQuede mystery

Haunted bridge, crying woman, missing baby!

While returning from Professor Dawson’s lecture on haunted places, the last thing Sheriff Jeff McQuede and Dawson expect to encounter is a terrified woman clinging to the railing of Mirabella’s Bridge, crying for her lost baby. It looks as if Rae Harris has thrown the infant over the bridge in a fit of despair, but she claims he has been stolen by a ghostly figure she calls Mirabella. Similar to the La Llorona legend Dawson just spoke about, Mirabella was a local pioneer woman who was rumored to have drowned her infant after being abandoned by a lover. At first McQuede believes Rae was driven by madness, but he soon finds evidence that her story may be true, and the perfectly timed kidnapping of her child may be in some way related to lecture attendee and local celebrity, Jim Royce, and his vast fortune.

***** A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of very unique/colorful characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime mystery movie, or mini TV series. 1 book you must read to the very end. Once again a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

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MURDER AND THE GOOD OLD BOYS' CLUB  -- Our latest Jeff McQuede mystery

Threatened victim, waiting grave…Sheriff McQuede is called to the cemetery by Ben Ward, a member of Durmont’s Good Old Boys’ Club. Ward’s tombstone, where he plans someday to be buried with his first wife, is vandalized. A menacing date of death, fast approaching, has been drilled into the stone, and splotches of red paint drips over it like blood. Ben Ward and his four partners have sunk vast sums of money into a recreational community, Pleasant Valley Retreat, and this failing project has flamed anger among the investors. As the inscribed date of Ward’s death draws nearer, a killer stalks the resort. McQuede must act quickly before a vandal’s threats turn into reality.

A very well written murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. ... Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. 

   Tony Parsons, Reviewer

Customer reviews:

"A strong mystery"

"Murder, mystery and much more....

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In this short story collection of seven mysteries, Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds himself in the middle of a deal made on a handshake--where the result is murder. Set in the high country of modern-day Wyoming, the deal makers are speculators at an old-time mountain man rendezvous, traders vying over rare Indian pots, or two family patriarchs pretending to bridge a lifetime of feuding. Throughout the book McQuede battles his arch-enemy Ruger, who runs a host of illegal activities, but generally manages to evade McQuede's traps. In each of these stories McQuede, putting his own life on the line, relentlessly seeks out the dangerous men who have broken trust.

"Ms. Britton and Ms. Jackson bring the Western into the modern age with a heaping helping of mystery...scintillating fast-paced prose that grips you from word one and holds on till story end...McQuede leaps off the page into three-dimension..."

--Howard Hopkins, Author of The Chloe Files

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