Thought some of y’all might be interested in this great debut Southern mystery that’s being featured over @ MR.   My tastes are eclectic & maybe some of y’all are the same.

Here’s my review.  If it piques your interest go comment & get in on the print giveaway for a copy of HIDING GLADYS.

Sorry but it is limited to the U.S. due to shipping charges.

Hiding Gladys novel cover


Cleo Cooper is set to realize every geologist’s dream.  She’s discovered a huge and rare granite deposit under her friend Gladys Walton’s land; however, someone doesn’t want Cleo and Gladys to reap the rewards.

HIDING GLADYS is a wonderful debut with a distinctly Southern heroine, of a certain age, aided and abetted by an excellent supporting cast.  Cleo’s age was a big plus for me.  Sometimes you get a bit tired of bright young things and want someone with attitude based on living experience, ensuring she can back up that sass.  Cleo Cooper is your quintessential well rounded Southern girl.  She can tromp through the woods, handle a gun, hang with the fellas, drive the hell out of a boat, hold her own in a fight when necessary, and clean up to reveal a beautiful, sexy, intelligent woman who isn’t averse to using her feminine wiles.  In addition to these stellar attributes Cleo also brings to the table a large slice of “bound and damn determined” combined with a heaping helping of hardheaded, just to keep things interesting and others on their toes, dontcha know.  It was the hardheaded that made me want to pinch her occasionally, but sadly I understood it too.

Cleo is ably assisted and abetted by Bud, her ex husband.  I flat out adored Bud.  He doesn’t mind admitting when he’s wrong & he still loves Cleo.  He’s also shaping up to be a great friend making Cleo one lucky woman.

There are her children, daughter Henri, and son, William.

Stick, Mule and Joe are the crew Cleo works with while endeavoring to prove her suspicions of what’s beneath Gladys’s land.  They’re great guys.

Nash Finley, handsome and sexy fellow geologist that Cleo dated briefly.  Should his reappearance be likened to the proverbial bad penny?

Robert Earle and Shirley are Gladys’s pitiful excuses for children.  Sorry doesn’t even begin to describe these two.  Not a redeeming quality between them, poor Gladys.

Finally there’s Gladys herself. What a trooper.  They don’t come much feistier than Gladys, even when she discovers the painful truth of the Shakespearean quote, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”

HIDING GLADYS manages to make geology interesting.  Well, maybe not the nuts and bolts of geology, but the results of it.  Who knew?  From natural gas stores to whopping granite mountains, there’s definitely enough money to kill people for.  Rattlesnakes to dangerous boat rides and plenty in between, Cleo has her hands full trying to survive, keep Gladys safe, and figure out who is behind these attempts on their lives.  I know I’ll never look at yucca bushes the same again.

HIDING GLADYS is a solid debut featuring an interesting, charming cast and possessing a strong sense of place and culture.  I can’t wait to see what Cleo and crew gets up to next.

4 stars