Dragon's Revenge: A Letty Valdez Mystery
Second in the Letty Valdez series, published November 2018
When Tucson private detective and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez is hired to investigate a murder, she immediately finds herself targeted by a violent criminal. To find the killer, Letty turns to an old memoir of life in late 19th century Tucson. Clues in in the memoir, with its tale of love between two immigrants - one, an Italian widow, and the other, an exiled Chinese revolutionary - launch Letty on a suspense-filled struggle to find answers, to stop the murderer – and to stay alive! Letty, a Chicana/Native American, has to deal with a mugging, a home invasion and a shootout on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in her attempts to find the criminal who is targeting her. Letty is helped by her friends and family, plus a new canine pal, Teddy the Black Lab sniffer dog. Like all Letty Valdez Mysteries, there’s excitement, intrigue and a touch of romance in Dragon’s Revenge.
Early ARC readers say of Dragon's Revenge:
~~This story is an intriguing mix of history, mystery, romance, and contemporary adventure. It weaves between the present, in which Letty is trying to solve a murder in a library (how classic is that!) and the past, set out in a memoir about a Chinese immigrant in the 1890s. …the charm is in the believable, complex characters, and the evocative Arizona setting.
~~CJ Shane’s books are difficult to put down. The reader is drawn to the characters, story, murder, romance and the history within. ...I felt like I was a participant, it was magical.
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Desert Jade: A Letty Valdez Mystery
First in the Letty Valdez series published November 2017
Tucson private investigator and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese police Detective Inspector Zhou LiangWei who has been sent to Arizona on the advice of Interpol to track the activities of Hong Kong Triad gangsters.
In this fast-paced suspense thriller, the two work together to stop the murderous Triad smugglers, and at the same time, find and rescue three abducted young women.
Mystery + suspense + a touch of romance = a page-turner set in the Sonoran Desert!
Readers' five-star reviews of Desert Jade:
~~An enjoyable and suspenseful book! Desert Jade is the first Letty Valdez mystery. It's a fast moving and richly textured book set in Tucson, Arizona. I was pulled in immediately by well crafted characters and fine descriptions of the southwest and local culture. ...An international mystery embroiled with the border between Mexico and Arizona and the Chinese underworld. Letty is nobody's fool and with her at the helm I found myself in anticipation of what happens next. The book held my interest throughout. I enjoyed the addition of a lifesaving rescue dog named Millie and a bit of romance thrown in. A wonderful first Letty Valdez mystery.
Desert Jade was named a finalist for best Thriller-Suspense, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, 2018
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