Susan Slater

Biography

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: susan@susansslater.com

Series

Dan Mahoney Mysteries
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney travels wherever United Life & Casualty sends him to investigate suspicious claims. But when the mystery goes beyond a missing item or unbelievable tale, Dan finds himself involved in murder.

Flash Flood

Price: $4.99 USD.
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.

A Way To The Manger

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Five O'Clock Shadow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Newlywed Pauly Caton watches, horrified, as the hot air balloon—the one she should have been riding in—falls from the sky. She races to the wrecked basket to discover both the pilot and her husband Randy dead in the fiery crash. The lone survivor appears to be an unknown child, who runs from the scene, naked and fearful, and disappears from sight.
Hair Of The Dog: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 3
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,410. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Hair of the Dog sees Dan Mahoney and fiancée Elaine Linden traveling to Florida for his next investigation, where five insured racing greyhounds supposedly died in a kennel fire. But circumstances are suspicious right from the start. Who is the dead body at the kennel entrance, and how is it possible the knife sticking out of his back is not the cause of death?
Rollover: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 2
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,860. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When international bestselling author Susan Slater puts facts and imagination together, she comes up with a dynamic mystery novel based on this unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney is sent to find out what happened and whether his company will have to cover the loss of a spectacular heirloom sapphire and diamond necklace, insured for half a million dollars.
Flash Flood
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,510. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Chicago insurance investigator Dan Mahoney is sent to the prosperous Double Horseshoe Ranch in southern New Mexico to investigate the deaths of several prized—and well-insured—cattle. The stakes are high, and Dan hasn’t counted on witnessing a murder or falling in love. But it’s the flash flood that changes everything, sweeping away a vintage Cadillac and its occupants in a torrent of raging water
Under A Mulberry Moon: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 5
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ben Pecos takes a job transfer to Florida, which puts him right in the middle of a terrifying case where a student threatens his teacher with a gun. Ben works with the traumatized teacher, Maureen Beltzer. When Mo is offered a new job at the prestigious Whitney Labs, she jumps at the chance little knowing that photographing rare orchids could bring her more danger than her pint-sized adversary.
Fire Dancer: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 4
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,290. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ben Pecos has the opportunity to work in Albuquerque on a research project for the Indian Health Service. Ben and Julie are hardly settled when people begin dying, and they find themselves swept into the midst of another mystery. The twists and turns in this complex plot will keep readers guessing to the very end!
Thunderbird: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 3
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,220. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The fiery midnight crash of a Stealth fighter on a New Mexico reservation and the disappearance of a young Navajo woman put psychologist Ben Pecos and tribal police officer on a sinister and mysterious trail. Tribal police lock horns with air force personnel over jurisdiction and the right to search for the missing woman.
Yellow Lies: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 2
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,270. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Salvador Zuni is a master carver of traditional Native American fetishes. He is also a cheat. He makes synthetic amber that rivals anything to be found in nature, complete down to the insects he places inside. His recipe is worth a fortune, and someone is after it. Ben Pecos arrives and immediately finds himself caught up in a murder investigation. Newly edited first e-book edition.
The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,450. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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. Newly edited first e-book edition.
A Way To The Manger
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A week before Christmas Charlene Toya, local teen basketball star, goes missing on the way to her Tewa pueblo home. Native American psychologist Ben Pecos offers to help the family and begins to piece together some disturbing facts—Charlene’s dark and painful secret has likely put her on a collision course with some very nasty bad guys.

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