The first Marty Hopkins mystery
Deputy Sheriff Marty Hopkins has her hands full with a nine-year-old daughter, and an even bigger kid of a husband. Still, she responds quickly to a predawn call that uncovers the grisly murder of a local musician - and a charred cross that is the unmistakable calling-card of the Ku Klux Klan. Meanwhile, ailing Judge Denton is raving that his own long-missing daughter is trying to kill him. Tips from an eccentric biologist direct Marty to a cave deep in the Indiana limestone, where a shocking discovery doubles back to the KKK murder. Marty is plunged into a harrowing confrontation, trapped under the earth, alone with chilling fears and shattering secrets that cannot bear the light of day.

"Quite simply. Gravestone is the best series debut I have ever read. The story is gripping and dramatic, and there is a climax in a dark, deserted cave that will hold you spellbound." Rave Reviews

“An ambitious, multilayered, richly textured novel.” Denver Post

“Carlson finds the voice to speak her wonder at the beauty and danger of gloomy worlds beneath the ground. . . .” The New York Times Book Review

”Sharply drawn characters. . . .and strong plotting make for fine reading--and a welcome first in a series.” Kirkus Reviews

“For feminists and anyone else who appreciates a touch of the eldritch in a mystery.” Washington Times

“Defies capsule - or any - review. It’s different, it’s weird and it’s exceptionally well crafted.” Sunday Oklahoman


AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
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