By Deborah Morgan
In his introduction to the book, bestselling author Loren D. Estleman says “It’s hard work being Deborah Morgan.” A multiple award-winning author in both the mystery and western arenas, Morgan has collected here in JUNCTION a selection of stories guaranteed to show you why. Join her at the crossroad and choose which of her versatile characters you’ll visit first, from FBI agent turned antiques picker Jeff Talbot (from the bestselling Antique Lovers Mysteries) to Detroit’s hard-boiled P.I. Mary Shelley and to the motley and indomitable cast found in her tales of the old—and changing—west.
Entries in this collection include two never-before-published stories: fittingly, one is western, the other is mystery. “Tinsel Town” offers a glimpse of the Hollywood frontier, courtesy of Tully and Wall—two bona fide cowboys looking to lasso an easier life. “Campaign for a Corpse” plops Jeff Talbot into the middle of a glamper (glamorous camper) event at a campground where someone’s been murdered.
Through this collection, you’ll walk Motown’s mean streets and ride the vast and often brutal frontier; you’ll get an inside look at Jeff Talbot’s killer antiques world, as well as towns struggling for survival—whether they be contemporary Detroit or beyond the lawless threshold of the nineteenth-century west.
Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman says in his introduction to JUNCTION: “There are no low points between these covers. Working fields as tried-and-true as the western and the mystery, [Morgan] manages to reinvent the genres with freshness, wit, and a way with a phrase that makes one think of a master cabinetmaker hand-rubbing raw mahogany to a high gloss. Call it talent, genius, or magic; what follows is all those things and the bucket of sweat we call professionalism.”