Blue Flower Red Thorns Progress Report

Final stages of Blue Flower Red Thorns; the second Vincent Malone Novel, should be published in mid-September.
Blurb describing book:
Southwest mystery set in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Artistic, high strung egos abound as the high-dollar world of contemporary art comes to Santa Fe’s burgeoning art scene.  Fights, feuds, sex, hate, love abound as financial pressures bring into focus competing objectives by an unusual blend of characters; all leading to murder.  One murder but tons of suspects.  Vincent Malone dusts off his legal investigator skills as he is caught in the middle of this classic whodunit.

Not sure what order the next books happen, most likely after Blue Flower Red Thorns will be Fiction No More, but maybe not.  All are in different stages of completion.

Fiction No More—Vincent Malone Novel #3
Mystery writer attending an author’s conference in Santa Fe thinks she is being stalked by a man who has followed her from Chicago.  Vincent Malone comes to the aid of the writer and discovers the stalker thinks the writer knows who killed his father in the 1980s because the authors first book was not fiction but an actual account of that murder.  Archeology, artifacts, and crimes from the past weave into a mysterious plot.

Murder So Final—The Muckraker Mystery Series #3
Oklahoma Governor’s race could be the nastiest ever seen.  Tommy Jacks, political columnist, is right in the middle of dirty politics, murder and corrupt business.  Set against a backdrop of on-going newspaper wars involving almost everyone in Tommy Jacks family is a political race featuring a corrupt oil company thug, a political novice with a good heart and a preacher who should have stayed out of politics.  Oklahoma politics at its worst or maybe best!

Four Corners War---Pacheco & Chino Mystery Series #3
Navajos, Apaches, militias, good sheriffs and bad sheriffs come together in a small town landscape that involves millions in stolen money and a small army of stolen military equipment.  Is this some strange beginning of a Four Corners War?  Nothing seems to be what it should be; as Ray Pacheco and Tyee Chino try to untangle the mix of greedy businessmen, corrupt politicians and a slightly unhinged sheriff along with dead bodies.  

I have been promising to finish Four Corners War for sometime.  This is both a mental block and an obligation.  I will finish this book.  My target is definitely 2019.


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