The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1

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Native American psychologist Ben Pecos has returned to the New Mexico pueblo of his birth as an intern with the Indian Health Service. Still struggling with the demons of his past, he is plunged into the nightmare rampage of a mysterious illness that is killing the residents of the pueblo, including his own grandmother.
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About Susan Slater

Kansas native Susan Slater lived in New Mexico for thirty-nine years and uses this enchanting Southwest setting for most of her mystery novels. Her Ben Pecos series reflects her extensive knowledge of the area and Native American tribal ways. As an educator, she directed the Six Sandoval Teacher Education Program for the All Indian Pueblo Council through the University of New Mexico. She taught creative writing for UNM and the University of Phoenix.

The first in this highly acclaimed series, The Pumpkin Seed Massacre, reached Germany’s bestseller list shortly after its initial publication as a German translation. Original print versions of the first three titles were outstandingly reviewed in nationwide major media.

In July, 2009, Susan made her first foray into women’s fiction with 0 to 60, a zany, all too true-to-life story of a woman dumped, and the book was immediately optioned by Hollywood.

Late 2017 and 2018 brings a new era to Susan’s storytelling. Secret Staircase Books is releasing newly edited versions of her entire Ben Pecos series in paperback, and brings the series to a whole new set of readers for the first time in all e-book formats.

Now residing in Florida with her menagerie of dogs and canaries, Susan writes full time and stays busy in community theatre and other volunteer projects. Contact her by email:

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About the Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries
Native American psychologist Ben Pecos lives and works in New Mexico.Traveling between the northern pueblos and reservations, he becomes embroiled in a new mystery in every location.

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Reviews of The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1 by Susan Slater

Pillingshot reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

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Leenna Naidoo reviewed on May 18, 2019

A great who-dunnit and why set in a pueblo of New Mexico. The story grows, much like the deaths. Loved how the Native American beliefs and traditions were seamlessly integrated into the modern lives of the peublo village. The little twists were satisfying while the , and I’ll be looking out for more in this series.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)
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