The High Country Mystery Series


THE HIGH COUNTRY MYSTERY SERIES:

THE EXECUTIONER's HOOD -- The Latest Book in the Series 


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?









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MURDER IN BLACK AND WHITE--Book One

 
 
  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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WHISPERS OF THE STONES
A JEFF MCQUEDE MYSTERY


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

 WHISPERS OF THE STONES*****FIVE AMAZON FIVE STAR REVIEWS:  Here are two recent ones.

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTRIGUED WITH AMERICAN INDIAN FOLK LORE AND TALES OF THE SOUTHWEST. ANYONE CURIOUS ABOUT THESE SUBJECTS WILL FIND THIS BOOK VERY EXCITING.
                                            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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STEALER OF HORSES




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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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