Hotbed in Tranquility
State Department diplomat, Will Ross, returns for a holiday visit to his hometown of Tranquility, New York, along the mighty Susquehanna River not far from Pennsylvania. He is stunned to find the pristine hillsides covered by gas-drilling wells. Within twenty-four hours he is reacquainted with his high school flame Stephanie Hall, a successful local politician turned Congressional candidate and single mother whose son, Tyler, has fallen ill from what is thought to be contaminated well-water from a nearby drilling site.
Will is inadvertently drawn into Stephanie’s campaign. He discovers that an international energy cartel he recognizes from his work at the U.S. Embassy in London is determined to obtain control of natural gas reserves in the Northeast at any cost. As Wills’ interest in and concern for Stephanie develops, he begins to risk all to expose the political cabal behind the cartel. Together, he and Stephanie experience growing passion and conflict before bringing their story to an unexpected and emotional conclusion. (2010)
READER’S HAVE SAID:
“It is factual and well-researched. A good read,” – State Department diplomat, Washington, D.C.
“I stayed up all night and couldn’t put it down,” – Romance writer, New York.
“The book is fabulous. I could NOT put it down. You are in the league with Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum, top of the class and worthy of ‘Book of the Month’ status.” – Entrepreneur, open-ocean racer, Ontario, Canada.
“Makes for a good read on a cold winter’s night with a glass of wine,” – Journalist, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York.
“Outstanding. It brought back wonderful memories of Central New York,” – Retired CEO, Miami, Florida.
“Other than having to stop once, I read it in two sittings and never hesitated to go onto the next scene,” – Retired supertanker captain, Lakeland, Florida.
Judge Thomas Averill Carter is wealthy, influential and the most eligible bachelor in Owego, New York in 1852. Any thought of serious romance is the farthest thing from his mind until he is upended by the stunningly beautiful Sa-ku-ma Gage, eldest of a Mohawk family of touring gospel singers and story tellers.
Casting Victorian conventions aside, they allow their intense desire and passion to transcend racial and social barriers. Conflict erupts when their love separates them from family and community, and leaves each to face the future alone as their lives take unexpected twists and turns.
Though a rewrite of history, their story is factually based, combining the legendary likes of Pocahontas with the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. (2006)
READER’S HAVE SAID:
“Historically accurate and smooth flowing, it is a must read that you won’t want to put down until you find out how it ends,” – Freelance writer, Tioga County, New York.
“An engaging story rich with historic facts,” – Retired corporate manager, Owego, NY
“A book that will hold your attention from the first page,” – New York library director
“A lively romance with a surprise ending,” – Writer and author, Ithaca, NY
The Chapel of Death
A single door securely locked, two sealed windows, a closed chapel on the hill. In front of the altar is sprawled the first corpse, the remains of a young woman. Behind the altar is the leathery cadaver of a young man, his head flopped over his shoulder. A case for Chief Inspector, Maurice Pruvost, and Professor Jacqueline Mouchot, internationally-acclaimed forensic anthropologist at the Sorbonne in Paris.
The chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette sits peacefully among the ancient vineyards of the Languedoc Region. Yet within it has occurred the brutal murders of two young lovers, behind a locked door. Why? When? How? Who? A crime so horrid is rare in Catalan country, let alone in the quiet village of Banyuls-sur-Mer, comfortably nestled at the base of the precipitous Albères where they plunge into the sea at the eastern end of the loftier Pyrénées – the border between France and Spain.
Told by an American sociologist, Peter Phillips, friend and lover of Jacqueline Mouchot, this short story methodically unravels from the impossible to the possible, in a narrative certain to remind the reader of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solver, Messr. Hercule Poirot. (2012)
READERS HAVE SAID:
“You wrote a very good story with true facts about the Catalan country, Banyuls-sur-Mer and the Albères. It made me wish I was living there again.” –Retired Corporate Secretary, Chartainvilliers, France
“A good mystery that kept my interest throughout, without revealing ‘who dunnit’ until the end. It reminded me of Agatha Christie.” – CEO and Mystery Enthusiast
“I like your writing style. You give the reader a lot of data and interesting facts without giving away the ending. And you did a good job with a ‘locked door’ mystery.” – Fiction Writer, Author and Editor