Her mother holds the secrets to a miraculous fertility drug coveted by killers. Can Nicky keep her safe? Or is she too close to see the danger?
When a murder victim falls out of a closet at Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews’ feet, her investigation leads her to a powerful tribal fertility medicine. What Nicky keeps secret is this medicine was once at the center of her father’s scientific research. He’d isolated the single most-important compound in a fertility treatment worth a fortune … and one worth killing for. But when her father died, the identity and location of the plant that produced this compound was lost.
Sergeant Nicky Matthews is a non-native police officer working a Native American Pueblo in contemporary New Mexico. Follow her as she navigates murder and crime in a culture that she loves but can never be a part of because of her heritage. Inspired by my sister-in-law, who worked as a police officer on the Laguna and Acoma pueblos.
Book 1: Hearts of the Missing – A Mystery. Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Debut Mystery. Tribal Ancestry and DNA lead Fire-Sky Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews into a twisty, chilling investigation of missing and murdered tribe members. Inspired by the Women of Ciudad Juarez.
Book 3: Spirit Daughters – A Nicky Matthews Mystery. Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Prize for Best Mainstream Mystery. A brutal murder at the Fire-Sky Cultural Center leads Nicky and her friends on a dangerous investigation. The killers will stop at nothing to rediscover a lost fertility Medicine that gives miraculous results. But supernatural forces have been disturbed by the murders. Will these forces help Nicky with her investigation? Or will someone Nicky loves end up dead?
Book 4: Sacred Ghosts – A Nicky Matthews Mystery. Someone is stealing the Sacred Dances of the Fire-Sky People. Sergeant Nicky Matthews leads the investigation which takes her to the Pueblo’s highest mesa tops, illegal pot hunting, and theft of valuable artifacts linked to the Spanish conquest. But her investigations turns dark when she is accused of murder. To solve the crimes, she crosses the line and laws of the Fire-Sky Pueblo. And it may lead to the loss of the job she loves and a murder conviction for murder. Inspired by stories of the conversos or hidden Jews in New Mexican culture. Final book in the series COMING 2025