Xyz Affair (Paperback)
April 2012 Indie Next List
“Winspear's latest may be her best, as the indomitable Maisie Dobbs takes on a case dear to her heart. When simple and kind Eddie is killed, his friends refuse to believe his death was accidental and hire Maisie to get to the bottom of the matter. Maisie knew them all, including Eddie, as a child, and she feels compelled to help. As she delves deeper into the mystery of who would want to kill a gentle
horse whisperer, she finds herself brushing up against some of the highest political powers and following leads that get more and more personal.”
— Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Mystery writer Dani Quinn hasn't been home for years. Once she put Casper, Wyoming, in her rearview mirror, she expected it to stay a distant childhood memory. But when her second marriage ends and a University teaching job in her hometown is offered, the single mom loads her three children in her Suburban and heads West. Casper, which many locals refer to as the "Ghost Town," holds its own ghosts that emerge when Dani returns home. When human skeletal remains are unearthed during renovations on campus, the University tries to keep the story buried. But skeletons and secrets are too irresistible for any mystery writer to ignore, and Dani finds herself in the center of a decades-old mystery. She gets help from Chris Gorham (aka Gorm) her parents' hot new neighbor, who follows the Code of the West by offering to help the newly-divorced damsel in distress. But Gorm has hidden secrets that Dani unintentionally unburies along with a skeleton and a ring. Why the ring and the bones have been shelved by the University is just one of the many questions she has. The answers may cost not only her job, but also her life.
About the Author
Author and weekly Star-Tribune columnist Mary Billiter's first work of fiction, Not My Kid was published in May, 2011. She followed in the footsteps of her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, by earning a BA in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. She is finishing her Masters of Arts degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming. Mary was appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues (WCWI), which focuses its actions on the needs and concerns of Wyoming women. In addition to serving the people of Wyoming, Mary teaches fiction writing courses in the Casper College continuing education department. Mary resides in Wyoming with her new husband, four amazing children and their runaway dog. You can find her online weekly at www.trib.com and www.marybilliter.com."