Just this week I learned from Ingram Distributors that they already have nine orders for Murder in Copper from booksellers. This weekend accelerates the heady rush that comes with the release of a new book with the first book signing event for Murder in Copper.
My brother, Bill, will join me for the trip to Pima and the Eastern Arizona Museum, just across the street from the Taylor Freeze, where my characters Bren, Al, and Manny have their weekly coordination meeting. We will probably have one of the Taylor Freeze green chili burros (or maybe beef and barley soup!) for lunch, who knows, maybe we’ll bump into my lawmen. Or old Alf Hesse or Richard of Beautiful Land, who also frequent the Taylor Freeze.
Bill was recently diagnosed with cancer, but the doctors say it is highly treatable and they have started him on treatments. He’s feeling fine, so looking forward to our getting back on the book tour again. I so enjoy our travel together, between the two of us we solve all the world problems as we make our long road trips.
I always enjoy the signings at the museum in Pima, seeing old friends, regular readers of my tales, and new friends and readers that we gain at the event. The museum is well-managed and curated by Edres Barney who works wonders on a small budget. The museum, in the old 1916 bank building and the adjacent buildings to the north, is full of interesting artifacts and historic items, art, and even the full transcript of the trial of the Wham Payroll accused robbers, all of whom were acquitted. The museum carries all of my books and all proceeds go to the institution. For collectors, the museum also has a limited supply of rare first editions of some of my books.
There are a few unique subplots, besides the main story lines, in Murder in Copper. The effects on the newly married Manny and Jenny of being separated as he works out of town, and a similar situation with Pat Haley and Andy Lopez. Jenny begins working as a teacher. A non-plot related series of events dealing with alcoholism both on and off the reservation. Bren’s anxiety caused by Monica’s troubled pregnancy, and having to keep her from the knowledge that Bren and the family are being threatened by a vengeful convict. Al is seething that the murder of a tribal member was probably committed by a person with diplomatic immunity, so he finds himself plotting to extract revenge. Through all they must continue to function and concentrate on the cases they are working.
So here’s hoping I pick up a bunch of new readers, and the Museum makes a whole lot of money from the sale of my books. If you live in, or happen to be in, the Gila Valley this Saturday stop in, enjoy the museum, meet the author, mingle with nice people, and pick up a book that is already garnering five star reviews on Amazon. And, hey, get a crème-de-menthe shake at Taylor Freeze!
Mystery writer, Southwestern Historian, researcher, husband, father, grandpa, with an opinion on everything.