Sockeye County Briefs
Sockeye County Mystery #2
The middle of nowhere is often on the way from here to there. A thoroughfare, if you will. Nothing wrong with that.
Usually the people who live in the unassuming, odd-name towns along a bustling interstate highway are happy for the trade, the small influx of income, and they tolerate the gas-hog semitrucks and their drivers and the corporate entities who make all that commerce possible.
Until the most valuable form of commerce turns out to be nothing like the logos plastered on the sides of those trailers. Turns out the real money is in a secondary, parallel stream—a fresh wave of mind-altering drugs.
The hard stuff. The unregulated, experimental stuff that’s too pure and unpredictable. The stuff that vies with Russian roulette for turning vulnerable teenagers into instant corpses.
Undersheriff Ruby Falcone has seen this before, and it didn’t end well. But she survived that first encounter, and in her new adopted home of Sockeye County, she’s out to prove that she’s learned from her mistakes. She might have to team up with rancher Julian Joseph—a man with his own deep-seated regrets and extensive knowledge of the terrain—to do it.
But nobody who wears a badge—and none of the other concerned county residents—is going to rest until they find the ingeniously planned upstream source and the ruthless, well-connected mastermind behind it.
They might represent just a wide spot in the road, but Sockeye County doesn’t mess around when it comes to justice.
Sockeye County Au Naturel
Sockeye County Mystery #3
The population of Sockeye County is growing, for all the best reasons—weddings and babies! But the other kind of influx is going on too. The singular kind of crazy that is tourist season.
While their leisure-spent money is certainly appreciated by the townsfolk, the thrill seekers bring a hard-charging, adrenaline-laced edge to everything they do, from buying supplies at Junction General to clogging the narrow shoulders of State Route 14 with their tricked-out crossover vehicles and boat trailers. Not much about this season is bucolic.
So when the body of an off-duty, out-of-area police officer is found along the railroad tracks, Sheriff Marge has an abundance of suspects. But the more she and her team investigate, the more they think the victim was hiding—not just from corrupt cohorts, but maybe from himself as well. Maybe from something even worse.
Sheriff Marge has more than enough to do just taking care of her own constituents. Will luring a knowledgeable killer out into the open stretch her and her deputies beyond the breaking point?
Jerusha’s Note: If all goes well, SOCKEYE COUNTY AU NATUREL will be published near the end of 2018. If you’d like to be notified when the book is available, please sign up for my new release newsletter.
Tin Can Mystery #8
Eva Malloy and her partner in cooking, Willow Ratliff, are taking their supper club venture to the next level—by foraging for their own wild foods. What they didn’t expect to find was a dead body, face-down in a marsh. It’s enough to turn anyone’s stomach.
But when Eva and her police detective husband, Vaughn, discover the man is dead because he had the wrong name—well, the right name but in the wrong context—everything changes. Now they have a murder investigation on their hands.
And it goes to the top. Straight to the very top. Of both the local law enforcement echelon and the city’s hierarchy of rackets bosses. All while both sides might be playing footsie with each other under the table.
You thought vice was cloaked in social niceties these days? That it’s watered down and euphemized for general enjoyment? That maybe it doesn’t even happen in its worst sense in well-bred, hipster cities like Portland, Oregon? Yeah, think again.
Can Eva and Vaughn sort through the mire and bring the truth to light without getting their own names featured at the top of a hit list?
Jerusha’s Note: If all goes well, NEON WARNING will be published in the spring of 2019. If you’d like to be notified when the book is available, please sign up for my new release newsletter.