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.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Our hero, Sheriff Jeff McQuede, represents the spirit of the people we encountered. We kept coming up with another crime for him to solve and at present have just completed our forth novel. In Murder in Black and White the mystery began when we set eyes on an old class photo found in a museum where someone had written in black ink: never graduated.
Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton, sisters and co-authors, are drawn to out-of-the-way places, old mining towns, and vast rangelands where the legends and history of the past live on. Inspired by the rugged mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, they find the lonely, high country region a perfect setting for their novels.
They are authors of the High Country Mystery Series: Murder in Black and White, Whispers of the Stones, and Stealer of Horses, also of an anthology A Deal on a Handshake that also features Wyoming sheriff, Jeff McQuede.
They are authors of over forty novels, including the eight-book Ardis Cole Mystery Series, The Vanished Lady, and the Luck of the Draw Western Series: The Devil’s Game, The Fifth Ace, and The Wild Card, as well as the single Western title, Death comes in Pairs.
Both writers live in Kansas; Loretta in Junction City, Vickie in Hutchinson.
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