Monday, June 11, 2012

The Sheriff Rides Again

If you've read Fallen From Grace,I hope you'll be happy to hear Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman, Lydia Longlow and some of their friends from Arahpot are coming back in a sequel. I've signed a contract with Billie Johnson, publisher of Oak Tree Press, for Sooner Than Gold. What's it about? I'm glad you asked. It's the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, has a murder victim with too many enemies. There's Claude Kehler, who's found standing with a knife in his hand over the body of Willis Petry. Then there's Rachel Webber, Petry's surly teen-aged stepdaughter, who is quick to admit an act intended to do him harm. There's also a band of gypsies who claim Petry is the Goryo who stole one of their young women. If that isn't enough to complicate Tilghman's life, add in threats to his job by McClean Ruppenthal, former town burgess; missing money from illegal gambling; a run-in with a female horse thief; scary predictions by a gypsy fortuneteller, and the theft of Doc Mariner's prized new motorcar. There's plenty of good eating, church-going and socializing between the misdeeds. And, before all is over, Sylvester solves the crime and even comes a little closer to his goal of finally marrying the elusive Lydia Longlow. And, if you haven't read Fallen, there's still time. It's available in print and electronic formats: