Linda and Caleb Pirtle win Best of Texas Book Awards

Awards presented for Tarot Terrors, a cozy mystery, and Bad Side of a Wicked Moon, a historical mystery.

For the second consecutive year, a cozy mystery written by Linda Pirtle and a work of historical fiction by Caleb Pirtle III have received the Best of Texas Book Awards presented by the Texas Association of Authors.

Linda was honored for Tarot Terrors, the third book in her series: The Games People Play.

Caleb won with his second novel in the Boom Town series, Bad Side of a Wicked Moon.

The 2019 awards will be given at a special dinner in San Antonio, Texas, during July.

Tarot Terrors

In a crowded Santa Fe Plaza, Lillian meets an elderly Navajo chieftain whose booth displays the most brilliant silver/turquoise jewelry she has ever seen. She suddenly hears a commotion and turns to see tourists running frantically. What’s wrong? When she looks back to the chieftain, he has vanished, but lying on the table is a small box addressed to “Miss Curiosity.”

How did he know the nickname her husband gave her?

Her old college friend Simon Townsend, a government agent, has surreptitiously slipped an object to her husband, and now Bill lies dead on the sidewalk. It’s the beginning of one tragic moment after another. Warnings. Threats. Kidnapping. And death.

Lillian does not believe in coincidences or predictions. But with the help of her standard poodle, Eli, and her son, Grant, an FBI agent, Lillian begins her own quest and faces the biggest challenge of her life: Bringing to justice those responsible for the death of her beloved Bill.

Award-winning Cozy Mystery author, Linda Pirtle introduces three new characters in Tarot Terrors: Madame Sophia, who reads tarot cards and predicts Lillian will find Bill’s killer in Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Sammie Nightingale, a young red-haired Navajo woman who has just completed a vision quest; and Sammie’s Uncle Jack Darling O’Toole, who runs the Pagosa Springs Trading Post. Who’s guilty? Who’s innocent? And what secrets do they have to hide?

Linda won last year for the second book in the series: Deadly Dominoes.

A reviewer wrote of Tarot Terrors: Lillian Prestridge’s quest for justice and truth sends her headlong into danger and treacherous politics. Everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted. Native American characters add to this unique, gripping mystery with a strong sense of place.

Bad Side of a Wicked Moon

Love, Law, and Justice comes to boom town Texas

The discovery of oil has broken the stranglehold the Great Depression had on a dying East Texas town. Strangers are pouring into Ashland. Where there is oil, there are jobs, as well as con artists, thieves, scalawags, and at least one murderer.

One stranger drives a hearse. But who is he, and why is he found hanging from the crown block of an oil derrick.

The Sheriff might solve the mystery. It’s his job. But he’s discovered shot to death on his own drilling rig.

No one in town is above suspicion. But who has a deadly motive?

Eudora Durant is the most beautiful widow in town. She’s also the richest. With the charming con man Doc Bannister at her side, she risks everything to bring law and justice to a struggling boom town even if she has to personally keep an innocent man from being sentenced to the electric chair.

As one reviewer said about book one of the Boom Town saga series, Back Side of Blue Moon Pirtle’s 2018 Best of Texas Book Award winner: Combine The Grapes of Wrath, Professor Harlan Hill, Jett Rink and maybe a little Huck Finn and perhaps you will understand the magnitude of this story set in a small town in East Texas in the Great Depression. It should go down as a classic in American literature. 

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