There are a variety of reasons. I wrote what I wanted to read, a cozy with a little edge to it, a bit of a mirror of the world I have known– filtered, through a glass, darkly. As a reader I like to be informed about locale, atmosphere, so that’s where I go as a writer. I like strange characters, count them as friends. And there are a number of issues that intrigue me; the book required a bit of research into immigration problems, Native American rights, wind farms and more.
Do those subjects reflect your major interests?
My interests flow. But a few remain constant. Although there’s not a lot of archaeology or geology to the book, those are areas that greatly interest me, and I was able to touch on them.
Holmes and Watson are in Saratoga Springs, NY, to thwart an attempt by Col Sebastian Moran to secure a treasure mentioned in a Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Watson is arrested for murder. Lillie Langtry, members of an Iroquois secret society and a pair of notorious western outlaws are among those drawn into a final battle in the cave of Mad Bear.
Who killed Sammy Sanchez? Andy Holliday, recently signed on as feature writer for a travel magazine, is off to the Lower Eastern Shore, an off-the-beaten track region beside the Chesapeake Bay. But a piece-of-cake assignment takes a murderous twist.