Sheriff Jeff McQuede becomes suspicious when a robber breaks into the Coal County Museum and steals only one item – a black-and-white class photograph. Under the name Jerome Slade the photographer had printed two ominous words: never graduated.
When a body is unearthed beneath the newly demolished school, McQuede realizes Slade had not left Black Mountain the night of the spring dance. McQuede soon uncovers hidden rivalries between Slade and his classmates. When he discovers that Heather Kenwell and the woman of his dreams, Loris Conner, were rivals for Slade’s affection, McQuede fears finding out the truth.
Theft, blackmail, and another brutal killing lead back to photographs taken by Black Mountain’s eccentric photographer, Bruce Fenton. While others see an innocent collection, McQuede sees murder in black and white.
Targeted Age Group:: General Readership
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Murder in Black and White is the first book in our High Country Mystery series. Our inspiration for this series sprang directly from setting. I (Vickie) lived for many years in Laramie, Wyoming, and at that time Loretta was teaching at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In the summers we would travel in depth around Wyoming—savoring the Old West legends, the beautiful, rugged mountains, the petroglyphs and many Indian influences. We made up a fictional town, but what we saw, heard, and experienced is very much present in our novels.