THE JEFF MCQUEDE HIGH COUNTRY MYSTERY SERIES:
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
"A strong mystery"
"Murder, mystery and much more....
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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
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.
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STEALER OF HORSES
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?
Reviewed by Nicola Davies for Readers Favorite
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THE EXECUTIONER'S HOOD
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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AN ICY DEATH
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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A DEAL ON A HANDSHAKE--A COLLECTION OF SEVEN JEFF MCQUEDE SHORT STORIES
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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