Latitude: 36° 59′ 33.77″ N
Longitude: -109° 02′ 25.57″ W
In Western America, four of America’s most scenic western states intersect. The corners of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah form the Four-Corners Region. Blessed with stunning vistas and diverse peoples, the area is rich in natural resources and folklore. The region is home to the sovereign nations of many Native American tribes. Hard-rock miners, hardy pioneers, working cowboys, and urban hipsters populate a host of sites from tiny villages to growing cities to thriving metropolises. Here the writer finds ample grist for stories of romance, humor, intrigue, and danger.
The Four-Corners Mystery Series by D.P. Benjamin can be purchased now on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats.
Book 1: “The Road to Lavender” click here
Book 2: “A Lavender Wedding” click here
The novels can also be purchased at these fine establishments:
*Pioneer Town gift shop on Highway 65 in Cedaredge, Colorado
*Molly’s on Main and the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in downtown Cedaredge
*Blue Sage Center for the Arts in downtown Paonia, Colorado
*Out West Books at 533-Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado
*Cedaredge Foodtown at 210-SE Independence Avenue in Cedaredge.
Or visit bookshop.org:
“The Road to Lavender” click here
“A Lavender Wedding: click here
Cover designs by Donna Marie Benjamin
The Four Corners Mystery series
Book 1: “The Road to Lavender” (2019). A smuggled prize, bloodthirsty treasure hunters, a hungry mountain lion, and a budding romance–it looks like a busy summer for Anne Scriptor. Navigating through Arizona and Colorado, will the spunky young student of archaeology survive her journey on THE ROAD TO LAVENDER?
2020 SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AWARD for Cover Design from the New Mexico Book Association
2019 3rd PLACE, Mystery Genre, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Colo Gold Writing Contest
Book 2: “A Lavender Wedding” (2020). NOTE: This novel contains adult subject matter and sexually sensitive topics. Anne Scriptor forms a working partnership with Detective Trinidad Sands by joining his investigative team. When the handsome detective proposes marriage, Anne says yes. The working couple investigates the unsolved murder of Esau Koller, a prolific author and Colorado celebrity. And the clock is ticking as they strive to crack the case in time to orchestrate A LAVENDER WEDDING.
Book 3: “Spirits of Grand Lake” (September 2022). In this prequel, set years before Trinidad Sands meets his precocious wife, the footloose bachelor lands his first case. Working a seasonal job at Grand Lake Lodge, he befriends a local character, investigates a kidnapping, and risks the wrath of a vengeful arsonist. The action takes place at Colorado’s scenic Grand Lake and in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
Book 4: “The War Nickel Murders.” The brutal murder of a local hermit entangles the husband-and-wife detective team of Trinidad and Anne Sands in international intrigue. The entire village of Lavender is up-ended as a deadly assassin strives to rekindle a sinister World War II Nazi scheme involving the key to eternal youth and a hidden stockpile of counterfeit nickels.
Book 5: “Rare Earth.” Detectives Trinidad and Anne Sands decide to take a vacation from sleuthing. Trinidad has received a generous offer to purchase his lavender farm and he focuses his energy of making a life-altering real estate decision. Anne gets a chance to apply her scientific skills when a trio of visiting Chinese archaeologists arrive to explore Colorado and neighboring Utah. But these seemingly unrelated projects soon overlap in a marathon of espionage, murder, and betrayal.
Book 6: “Walking Horse Ranch.” A Hollywood movie crew comes to New Mexico hell-bent on completing a feature film in record time. Things are looking up when they locate an ideal setting and the production schedule is rolling along until the star’s stand-in is murdered. There are fifty-five eyewitnesses to the crime, not to mention camera footage from seven angles. But it will take the insightful sleuthing of Trinidad and Anne Sands to unravel the mystery of Walking Horse Ranch.
Book 7: “A Lavender Farewell.” It’s time for Trinidad and Anne Sands, to leave the mythical village of Lavender, Colorado. The catalyst for their departure is an unsolved murder perpetrated by a notorious villain who was earlier presumed dead.