"Hinger's debut...holds your attention every exciting step of the way."
-Kirkus starred review of Deadly Descent
After a gruesome killing at the Carlton County livestock feedyard, Sheriff Sam Abbot, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her ranching husband deputy know their resources are over-stretched. Lottie-still director of the historical society-calls for stories from families whose ancestors colonized Kansas. Dona Francisca Diaz is the ancient head of one such clan. Her great grandson Victor was the murder victim. Francisca, a fabled curandera with terribly damaged hands, insists she knows why. The key, she claims, is in ancient documents. And now Francisca wants Lottie to train as her heir. Reluctant yet fascinated, Lottie agrees. Does this family's secret hold the key to murder and other terrible crimes?
Charlotte Hinger is an award-winning novelist and Kansas historian.