Desert Bookshelf Publishing Banner

Follow me on
Follow James on FaceBook   Follow James on Twitter

An Arizona Tragedy
BUY NOW
Amazon Logo


This title
has been viewed
1599 times

Pop Score = 1.05The Pop Score calculation is based on the intial entry date into the FRIENDS WITH BOOKS database and the average number of views it has recieved since. “An Arizona Tragedy” has scored 1.05 views/day.

To improve this number copy/paste the link above into your favorite social marketing sites. Blog, Tweet, Email, Facebook, whatever. Tell your friends, family and fans, everyone you know.

An Arizona Tragedy
by Billy Ray Chitwood

Bailey Crane Mystery Book 1

Meet Bailey Crane, a son of the south, now firmly transplanted in Phoenix, Arizona. Bailey is six feet tall, one hundred eighty-five pounds, a ruggedly good looking guy in the mold of a young Christopher Plummer, the "Sound of Music" gentleman. Bailey has just enough nuance in his charming southern manners and speech to make him appealing to most, perhaps a bit flamboyant for some. He's got a soft manufacturing rep business that brings in easy money. He's an actor on the local and regional scene, doing television commercials, print modeling, and some theater. He's a private investigator for a few attorney friends in town, and, a former cop, he is an auxiliary detective for the Phoenix PD.

Bailey has love, friends, golf, and a bon vivant life style. For the most part the man is a crusader without a cape and has life just about where he wants it.

In "An Arizona Tragedy" Bailey Crane's life takes a perilous and tumultuous twist when a young lady friend is brutally murdered in the Arizona desert. The friend, a twenty-six year old single mother and model, goes missing for weeks, is then found in a desert arroyo just northeast of Scottsdale, her skull crushed, her body ravaged and unrecognizable. Working privately on an estate matter for one of his attorney friends, Bailey finds the name of his lady friend's boyfriend. The discovery does not necessarily have great significance but it does start the wheels turning in the mind of our southern sleuth.

Bailey becomes a target for an unknown pursuer and ends up battered, bruised, and angry. His strong feeling of hostility pushes him deeper into his friend's murder, and, finding a possible connecting link, he travels to Washington, D. C., to the hallowed halls and offices of the nation's lawmakers. At his hotel across the Potomac the unknown assassin strikes again, this time wounding our noble protagonist. The bad guy gets away, and Bailey has a temporary stay in a Reston, Virginia hospital.

Through more ironic turns and twists Bailey goes on to solve not only his friend's homicide but another brutal slaying in the nation's capital. With the help of his PPD buddies, and, one very special female cop, the bad guy behind the gruesome killings is caught. The climatic ending scene in this Bailey Crane caper is nail biting tense and will keep the readers riveted to their seats of choice. "An Arizona Tragedy" was inspired by two actual homicides. The Phoenix slaying of the young mother and model has never been solved. With the decomposition of the body, accelerated by the desert's extreme heat and denizens of the habitat, evidence was scarce. This Phoenix murder was also very personal for the author … he was a friend of the real murder victim. While "An Arizona Tragedy" was written to be commercially acceptable and successful, the author also wanted it to be a token of remembrance.
 

A Soul Defiled

Murder in Pueblo del Mar

A Common Evil

Satan

The Brutus Gate
 
Lilo Abernathy
Lorraine Adair
Garrett Addison
Suzi Albracht
Karen Aldous
T.J. Alexander
Tasha Alexander
K.K. Allen
Pam Alster
George Angus
Christine Ardigo
Kathryne Arnold
Tace Baker
David Baldacci
Daisy Banks
Jeanne Bannon
Judith Barrow
Mark Barry
P.S. Bartlett
Jon Batson
Gonzalo W. Bénard
Warren Bell
Donalie Beltran
Alex Berenson
Mary Ann Bernal
Steve Berry
Derrick R Bickley
Kimberly Biller
Harry Bingham
Paul Bishop
Alan Black
Mara Black
Maxwell Black
Savannah Black
Sonya Black
B.A. Blackwood
Jennifer Bohnet
Maureen L. Bonatch
Bruce A. Borders
Claude Bouchard
Martha Bourke
Gillie Bowen
CJ Box
Noah Boyd
Philip Boyle
Peter C Bradbury
Sharon Bradshaw
T.J. Brearton
JC Brennan
Laurie Breton
Frederick Lee Brooke
E. Douglas Brown
Mackenzie Brown
Susan Buchanan
Taylor Ann Bunker
John Burdett
Harvey Burgess
Anna Burke
Carol Burnside
Grace Burrowes
Frances Caballo
Dani J Caile
David Callinan
S.W. Cannon
Lauren Carr
Suzie Carr
Michael Carrier
R.C. & J.P. Carter
Rasheed Carter
Wendy Cartmell
Cashmeout
D.K. Cassidy
David C. Cassidy
Philip Catshill
Paul Centeno
Daniel C. Chamberlain
Diane Chamberlain
Stephen Charlick
Jennifer Chase
Penny Childs
Max China
Billy Ray Chitwood
Kathy Clark
Clint Clay
John-Paul Cleary
Harlan Coben
JaQuavis Coleman
Alfredo Colitto
Stephanie A. Collins
Lori Connelly
Phil Conquest
J. Conrad
Cathrina Constantine
James R. Conway
Doug J. Cooper
Lynn Cooper
Patricia Cornwell
Kathleen M. Cosgrove
Doreen Cox
Stephen Craig
Robert Crais
Chelle C. Craze
Bill Cronin
Sally Cronin
Bette Lee Crosby
Paul Cude
JG Cully
Clive Cussler
Murielle Cyr
Michael Dalton
Mike Dalton
Steven Daniel
Arkopaul Das
Seyi Sandra David
Elizabeth Davies
Timothy Davis
Mark Dawson
Tamie Dearen
Joyce DeBacco
Charlie Deer
H. I. Defaz
Maya DeLeina
Darlene Deluca
Richard Devall
Barbara Devlin
Deirdre Devlin
Jake Devlin
Amanda DeWees
David Dire
Marjorie Doering
John Dolan
Charles Dougherty
Stephen Douglass
Tricia Drammeh
Lillian Duncan
Steve Dunn
Amber Lea Easton
Clive Eaton
Stacy Eaton
Peggy A. Edelheit
Dave Edlund
Kendra Elliot
Wayne Elsner
Martha Emms
Sarah England
Linda Fairstein
Will Farrar
Tamara Ferguson
Charity Ferrell
P.J. Fiala
Hannah Fielding
Warren Fielding
Joseph Finder
Mary Firmin
Christoph Fischer
Maureen Fisher
Robert C. Fleet
Ricardo Fleshman
Penny Fletcher
Teodor Flonta
Kenneth Fore
Melissa Foster
Echo Fox
William Frederick
Taylor Evan Fulks
Diana Gabaldon
Emelle Gamble
Malika Gandhi
Colleen Gareau
Julie Garwood
Jennifer Gibson
Carole Gill
Lee Gimenez
DelSheree Gladden
Robert Goolrick
D. A. Grady
Electa Graham
Avery E Greene
Sarah Greyson
Gen Griffin
Mr. Dana Griffin
W.E.B. Griffin
James Grippando
Cherley Grogg
Roger Grubbs
Heather Gudenkauf
Alastair Gunn
Jenny Hale
Kathy Lynn Hall
Rebecca Smith Hall
Steve Hamilton
Craig Hansen
Alan Hardy
Andrew Harkless
Dianne Harman
C.A. Harms
Charlaine Harris
J.B. Hawker
Wodke Hawkinson
Samuel Hawley
Garrard Hayes
Gayle Hayes
Tim Heath
Brian Heffron
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Elysa Hendricks
Gary Henson
BZ Hercules
Anna Herlihy
Teri Heyer
Janet Muirhead Hill
Martin Roy Hill
Sandra Hill
Sasscer Hill
J A Hinsman
Tami Hoag
A. A. W Hodge
John Holt
Kay Hooper
NLB Horton
eden Hudson
J.C. Hulsey
Carol Anne Hunter
Stephen Hunter
June Hyjek
Terry Irving
Jane Isaac
Elizabeth Isaacs
Dani Jace
N.N. Jackson
Lilian Jade
Amalie Jahn
Lila James
Lori James
Angela Janacaro
Stephen Jared
Stephen Jennison-Smith
Jean C. Joachim
Peter John
Clive S. Johnson
Shelli Johnson
Katy Huth Jones
Patrick Jones
Wendy H. Jones
Jeff Joseph
H.E. Joyce
Denise Kahn
EM Kaplan
Angelica Kate
H.A. Kay
Kristy Kay
Danny Kemp
Celia M Kennedy
Celia Kennedy
William Kenney
Sophia Kimble
Crit Kincaid
Tara Kingston
Christina Baker Kline
Christine Kling
Charlotte J. Knaub
Dan Knight
Skye Knizley
Allison kohn
Mira Kolar-Brown
Dean Koontz
Elizabeth Kostova
Carla Kovach
Thérèse Kraemer
Therese Kraemer
Michael Kroft
J.P. Lane
John Lansing
E.D. Lappin
Linda LaRoque
P. V. Lattimore
Anthony Lavisher
Larry LaVoie
Gunnar Lawrence
Gunnar A. Lawrence
David Leadbeater
Andrew Lennon
Bridgitte Lesley
Allan Leverone
Marilyn Levinson
Caroline F Levy
Caroline F. Levy
Meghan Lewis
Annie Douglass Lima
Gary Lindberg
Sharon Linnea
Jenny Lloyd
Neil Low
Sherrie Lowe
Elizabeth Lowell
Travis Luedke
Tarrin P. Lupo
Rebekah Lyn
Shay Lynam
Terri Lyndie
Jenn Lyons
Ria MacAlister
Juliet B Madison
Paddy Magrane
Paulette Mahurin
David Lee Malone
Morgan Mandel
Henning Mankell
Don Mann
Giselle Marks
Elisabeth Marrion
C. Henry Martens
Peter Martin
Kate L. Mary
Yvonne Mason
Don Massenzio
Randy Massey
Constance Masters
M. R. Mathias
Nicola C. Matthews
P. T. Mayes
Wyatt McIntyre
Stephanie Parker McKean
Brianna Lee McKenzie
Scott McPherson
Jean Mead
Jean Henry Mead
K. Meador
David Menon
Ruby Merritt
Emma Michaels
Maria Michaels
Maureen A. Miller
Julia Mills
Mark Mills
Nikki Minty
Felicia Mires
Deborah R Mitton
Rose Montague
Jim Moore
Juliet Moore
Marsha A. Moore
Patrick H. Moore
Jan Moran
Kelly Moran
Faith Mortimer
PJ Morvant-Alexander
Janet Muirhead Hill
Cerece Rennie Murphy
DJ Murphy
Roy Murry
Linda Nance
Jake Needham
Willie Nelson
Johnny T. Noctor
Christina North
Lydia North
J.M. Northup
Vonda Norwood
Brien O'Raighne
Katie Oliver
Mardi Orlando
Elaine Orr
Jude Ouvrard
James Paddock
Jennifer Paddock
Mary Paddock
Mary O Paddock
Terri Paddock
Kate Papas
Robert B. Parker
James Patterson
Fanita Moon Pendleton
Sharon Cupp Pennington
Mike Penny
Brenda Perlin
David P Perlmutter
Christopher David Petersen
Penny Clover Petersen
C. J. Peterson
Martin Peterson
Anne Pfeffer
Roanna M. Phillips
Carol Marrs Phipps
Jodi Picoult
Dominic Piper
Caleb Pirtle III
Michele Poague
Wendy Potocki
Julie Elizabeth Powell
Ann Pratley
Ann M. Pratley
Douglas Preston
Karen Prince
Jill Pritchett
David T Proctor
Lord David Prosser
Robert Pruneda
Regina Puckett
John Rose Putnam
Nicci Rae
J.R. Rain
Charlotte Raine
Rebecca Raisin
Melodie Ramone
Lindsay Randall
Andy Rane
Mimi Ray
Jan Raymond
Lucille Redmond
Paul Rega
Tony Riches
D.J. Ridgway
Micheal Rivers
J.D. Robb
Julia Robb
Stacey Roberts
Sarah Robinson
Tracey Rogers
Cricket Rohman
James Rollins
Jan Romes
Luke Romyn
Chris Rose
Georgia Rose
M.J. Rose
Susan Rose
James Ross
Joann Ross
Melinda De Ross
Luca Rossi
Alynia Rule
Wally Runnels
Russell
Nick Russell
Jan Ruth
Carrie Ann Ryan
Francesca Salerno
Elyse Salpeter
Richard J. Schneider
Jinx Schwartz
D.J. Scott
Michael Allan Scott
Marc Secchia
Gigi Sedlmayer
Jill Shannon
Robert Shaw
Lauren Shelton
Jack Simmonds
Diane Sismour
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Richard Smiraldi
Donna Smith
Helen Smith
Joseph Souza
Bev Spicer
Dana Stabenow
Staci Stallings
L.A. Starkey
Gary Starta
Michael J. Stedman
Carl Stevens
Laurie Stevens
Maggie Stiefvater
Elise Stokes
Aidan Stone
Ray Stone
Rik Stone
Robert Storey
Susan Stovall
Cheryl Strayed
William Stuart
Faith Sullivan
Ian Sutherland
Steven Suttie
Ann Swann
Cleve Sylcox
P S Syron-Jones
Gina Tang
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Barb Taub
Laura Taylor
Jerome Teel
Steven M. Thomas
Eric B. Thomasma
Robert Thornhill
Eileen Thornton
Ralph Thornton
JJ Toner
D.G. Torrens
Linsay Townsend
Joan Treacy
Maureen Turner
Richard Turner
Pavarti K. Tyler
Terry Tyler
M. W. Tyrrell
Jessie B. Tyson
Tom Upton
Sylvia Valevicius
Deb Vanasse
Sedona Venez
Larisa Walk
J.H. Walker
Shiloh Walker
W. F. Walsh
Grace Walton
Randi D. Ward
Susan Ward
The Brothers Washburn
K J Waters
Linda Watkins
Ruth Watson-Morris
B. Swangin Webster
J.L. Weil
Charles E. Wells
Mike Wells
Thomas Whaley
Carol White
Edwina J White
Mark Whiteway
Claudia Whitsitt
Douglas Wickard
Caron Kamps Widden
George Wier
Julia Wild
Elizabeth Egerton Wilder
Eric Wilder
Jasinda Wilder
Alison Williams
Arleen Williams
Jackie Williams
Rusty Williamson
David Niall Wilson
Gracie Wilson
Jeffrey R. Winters
Tom Winton
C.L. Withers
R.T. Wolfe
Harlan Wolff
Donna R. Wood
Rubianne Wood
Gae-Lynn Woods
Stuart Woods
Cynthia Woolf
Medeas Wray
Hilary Wynne
Raani York
Emmy Yoshida
P.C. Zick
Wayne Zurl
   
551 AUTHORS
Don't go away without
checking out these...
Red is an Attitude
by
Kathy Lynn Hall

DescriptionLydia "Red" Talbot continues her adventures with Mac, her late husband who has now been re-incarnated as a Great Dane puppy; Joe, the hot handyman and her new paramour; and the residents of her inherited trailer park and the Gold Country city of Nuggetville.

She and Joe take a pet-friendly cruise to Mexico, bringing along Mac. A new mystery springs up on-board and Red becomes embroiled in solving it, but trouble follows her back to Nuggetville. Mac isn't a ghost any longer, so a new spirit arrives to help Red through the most dangerous of her escapades.


Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire I
by
Maya DeLeina

DescriptionNoel Tierney thought she’d have enough time before the predicted storm to make it to her holiday retreat, but the snow hit sooner than expected. Caught unprepared on a treacherous pass, poor visibility and icy conditions lead to a crash. She lay immobile in her vehicle, stranded in a ditch in the most remote leg of her journey.

Secrets in Death
by
James Paddock

DescriptionSky Deakins doesn't believe that her husband committed suicide; however, to get to the truth she may have to reveal a secret that she's kept close to her heart for twenty-three years, twenty-two of which she has been a widow. It's a secret that she's thinking she may not want to take to her grave anyway. At 80 years of age, that time may not be far off. And what does the 2016 future senatorial candidate, Dallas Maguire, have to do with any of it? And what about Gracie's secret? Will Randi Leigh make Parker an uncle? Can Parker and his dad actually become friends? Who is it that has secrets in death?

The Tale of Old Man Fischer
by
Russell

DescriptionSomething is wrong in Shane’s neighborhood. As he unravels the mystery behind the animal disappearances--that have occurred over several decades--the signs lead him to the listless Old Man Fischer. One night, he and his mother visit the elderly man, who then tell them a tale about his childhood and life as a researcher at the university.

Trillingham
by
Wendy Potocki

DescriptionJen Nichols is living large and ready to enjoy the summer. Riding the unemployment train, a chance encounter with Hillboro's newest resident alters her plans. While Jen insists the attack could have been fatal, everyone, including her boyfriend Phil, minimizes her claims. Even the police dismiss her account of what they consider a skirmish until a dead body surfaces. Half-eaten and discarded in a ravine, it’s the first clue that someone very evil is hungry. But who or what that someone is remains a mystery and shrouded in folklore.

Tuey's Course
by
James Ross

DescriptionRacial tension had been building for years near Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis. Minority businessman Tuey O'Tweety faced the brunt of the discrimination.

Life becomes more difficult for Tuey when the frustrations of harassment become a daily nuisance. Corrupt politicians, manipulated city hall employees and hypocritical community leaders add to the unrelenting aggravation.


Laundry Man
by
Jake Needham

DescriptionOnce a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.

Or is he?


So Wonderful as Want
by
Joyce DeBacco

DescriptionDinah’s dream of ever leaving her small Southwest Florida town before and during the land boom of the twenties seems doomed when she finds herself pregnant by an unscrupulous, older man. Young Zach also has a dream. He wants to be his own man, go his own way. But when tragedy strikes Dinah’s family, his soft heart won’t allow him to walk away.

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation
by
Paul Cude

DescriptionFollowing his harrowing and near death experience at the talons of the evil dragon Manson in 'A Threat From The Past', Peter Bentwhistle, the human shaped dragon and reluctant hero, finds himself on the slow path to recovery.