“I like good strong words that mean something…”
―Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
They say “write what you know.” What I know is that in three days I will be visiting my sister in Phoenix, where it was 88 degrees yesterday! I’ve never been to the southwest before, and I can’t wait to attend a spring training baseball game, run a trail race, see the Grand Canyon, and spend time with my family.
In the meantime I have been enjoying some books that are set in that area. My favorites so far are Tony Hillerman’s mysteries. Sadly, Mr. Hillerman passed away a few years ago, but his daughter Anne Hillerman has continued the series with Spider Woman’s Daughter and the brand new Rock with Wings.
Another mystery series set in Arizona was written by J.A. Jance and features detective Joanna Brady. Jance has a brand new book out this week called Cold Betrayal, although it is not part of the Joanna Brady series.
Also new this month, debut author Leslie Dana Kirby has written a pyschological mystery about baseball and set in Phoenix called The Perfect Game. I plan to read it on the airplane.
Finally, if you’re not a big mystery fan but want to try books set in the southwest, try two popular Barbara Kingsolver novels, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven.