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Murder@ the Black Mesa Café: A Minerva Doyle Mystery, #1

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An Arizona Small Town Mystery.

Who Murdered Mom?

"Everything revolves around bread and death,"  Old  Proverb

A toxic mom instigates her own murder at the Black Mesa Café, Arizona.

Do you dread family get-togethers? Do relatives start arguments at mealtime? Did you wish they'd receive their comeuppance? Does your mother drive you mad with unreasonable demands? Did you attend funerals where ancient wrongs and Family secrets ferment to a boil? Have you lost cherished possessions? Has something forced you to start over from scratch?

Cyber forensic analyst, Minerva Doyle, and her husband, Michael Doyle, retired ATF agent, celebrate her signed teaching contract with Navapache College in Northern Arizona. They look forward to a romantic weekend at the local Bed and Breakfast off Old Route 66.

Newlyweds Minerva and Michael, play their favorite guessing game 'a la Sherlock Holmes' while waiting to eat supper at the quirky Black Mesa Café, Arizona. A welder, a lawman, and an elderly woman fall under the couples' scrutiny.

When Mary Steven, a tyrannical matriarch, collapses at the next table, Minerva clears gawkers out of the way and calls 911 while Michael gives Mary CPR.

Because the woman dies at the hospital, Arizona Marshal Charles Dubois interviews Minerva and Michale Doyle, the eyewitnesses. He warns the Doyles that the Steven's clan is infamous for lawsuits. The Good Samaritans soon discover that helping a person in trouble can cause financial ruin.

Minerva's only hope is to reject the Steven's wrongful death claim by discovering the real murderer. Minerva seeks justice for the victim so she can clear Michael's good name. Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Who murdered Mom?

"All my possessions for a moment of time."  Elizabeth 1 Queen of England.

"A free life cannot acquire many possessions because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs."  Epicurus

"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul."  Democritus

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