Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hoodoo whodunit

Susan Miller, Tucson geologist and a classmate of mine from undergraduate days at UC Riverside, writes geology murder mysteries. Her 4th, entitled "Hoodoo," is just out and takes place in southern Arizona. The plot could be taken from today's headlines:

Southeastern Arizona is a tinderbox. Down Under Copper’s plans to explore for minerals have pitted landowners, worried about their water supply and property values, against those hoping to profit from the mining venture. Someone snaps.

In the traditional homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches an environmental lawyer’s body lies in the burned wreckage of his trailer.

Her last mystery, Quarry, was wonderful. I devoured it on a cross country plane flight.

Susan will be signing copies of Hoodoo at:

Clues Unlimited, 123 S. Eastbourne Ave, Tucson, at 2 pm, Saturday, March 15 (520) 326-8533.

Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, April 4, 6:30 pm (followed by a Nevada Barr signing)


  1. Geology murder mysteries? That is awesome. Something I'll have to check out if I ever have time for pleasure reading again. Thanks for pointing this out!

    And, tangentially related, you and the author are both UCR alumni? Even more awesome! I'm a student there now.

  2. Another geologist who writes geo-murder mysteries is Sarah Andrews. Check out http://www.sarahandrews.net/. She has about a dozen books out.

    I get murdered in "Fault Line" and have a bit role in "Bone Hunter," cleverly disguised as "Allison Lee."