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The Blue Corn Murders: A Eugenia Potter Mystery (Eugenia Potter Mysteries)

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Kernels of Truth....

When Eugenia Potter stumbles upon some ancient pottery shards on her ranch, she feels a profound connection with the past.  And a deep desire to learn more about the relics.  Now, she's heeding the call of her soul--by visiting an archaeological camp amid the magnificent cliff dwellings of Colorado's Mesa Verde.

But strange things are happening at Mesa Verde, from the director's increasing mental confusion to a visitor's grisly death.  Even a Talking Circle--a traditional ritual facilitated by the passing around of an ear of blue corn--doesn't reveal the source of the trouble.  And when a busload of teenagers on a hiking trip disappears without a trace, Mrs. Potter begins some digging... to unearth a cruel scheme, a long-buried secret, and the deadly fruits of a killer's dark hungers.

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"When she did reach the cafe, she bought her hot sandwich and took it back outside to her car, so that she could sit there and stare at the landmark and think about the Tony Hillerman mystery she had just read. It was set all around the great rock. As she pondered it, recalling scenes from the book, she was glad to leave it to authors like him to find and solve the murderous mysteries of the great Southwest. She'd had her own brushes with homicidal individuals in the past. That was enough--more than enough for a woman who desired only to be a doting grandmother, a good friend, a competent rancher, a bit of a needlepoint whiz, and a plain country cook." The "great rock" is Shiprock; the Tony Hillerman book in question is probably The Fallen Man; and the woman hoping for a crime-free life is Genia Potter, the memorable character first created by Virginia Rich and then continued after Rich's death by Nancy Pickard. As she did in The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders, Pickard uses characters and plot suggestions left by Rich to create a solid, comfortable mystery of the sort usually classified as a "cozy." But even if you're not a cozy lover, you'll probably be enticed by the setting (an archeological camp near the wondrous Mesa Verde National Park, home of the elaborate, mysteriously abandoned Indian villages), by the characters (some tough and interesting women of varying ages, each with her own reasons for visiting the area), the good food served by a feisty cook named Bingo (the cornbread and cream cheese sticks sound particularly succulent), and even the plot--which involves two murders and the apparent disappearance of 16 teenagers from Texas. --Dick Adler

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Award-winner Nancy Pickard serves up a new and wickedly delicious Eugenia Potter culinary mystery that her ravenous fans are certain to enjoy.

In Eugenia Potter, author Virginia Rich created one of the mystery genre's most endearing sleuths--a character the San Francisco Chronicle called "one of the most delightful new detectives to appear in years." With the sad passing of Virginia Rich, author Nancy Pickard picked up pen and spoon and continued the adventures, culinary and deductive, of Mrs. Potter, first in The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders, and now in The Blue Corn Murders.

Partaking of such treats as Cream Cheese Corn Bread and Sweet Dream Cookies, the inimitable Eugenia "Genia" Potter visits the Medicine Wheel Archaeological Camp near Cortez, Colorado, where she hopes to glean the wisdom of the ancients and see some exciting ruins. When trouble begins to brew (a busload of youngsters disappears and a pair of visitors to the camp mysteriously turns up dead) Genia shows that even out of the kitchen, she can still take the heat.

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