Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Kokopeli petroglif
in New Mexico, like one
mentioned by Julia
Evans in the first
book of this series.
By Linda Weaver Clarke
Published by Bedside Books,
Imprint of American Book Publishing
$19.95 each in print
(Coming soon, DESERT INTRIGUE)

Hero and I have hiked through many Anasazi ruins over the years including several trips to Pueblo Chaco, Hovenweep, and Mesa Verde (when you could still enter the big ruin). We love reading and studying about the mysterious Anasazi who built the homes and who often had complicated and amazingly advanced astrological theories. After all our studying and hiking, Hero and I love reading fiction set in the area once inhabited by these peoples. We also like reading archeological and historical non fiction of “those who came before.”

Linda Weaver Clarke
Research is important for any author. Linda Weaver Clarke’s extensive research is evident throughout her three books: ANASAZI INTRIGUE, MAYAN INTRIGUE, and MONTEZUMA INTRIGUE. Linda states in the foreword that she was a fan of the 80’s series “Hart to Hart.” (Heavens, has it been that long?) I loved that series too. Linda has conjured up John and Julia Evans as a less affluent and Mormon version of the Harts. Julia is a reporter for her local newspaper, The Dixie Chronicle. The couple’s three children appear in these wholesome books, particularly the third volume. Together, John and Julia thwart criminals and travel through the West and Mexico.

Here are the blurbs for the books:

ANASAZI INTRIGUE When a devastating flood wipes out homes in a small Utah town, residents are shocked by the news of a possible poison spill that also kills many of the fish and neighbors’ pets. No one knows what to think or do until Julia, the town’s newest reporter, jumps into action and begins her investigation. Quickly Julia realizes the story is much bigger and more dangerous than she first thought. As information unfolds, Julia and her husband find themselves on the run, trying to save their lives while finishing the story of a lifetime. Will Julia and John be able to get the scoop and survive?

MAYAN INTRIGUE The discovery of a priceless artifact puts Julia’s life in great danger! From valuable artifacts to shady businessmen, the Yucatan Peninsula becomes a dangerous vacation spot for John and Julia Evans. While on assignment for the newspaper, the Evans try to enjoy a romantic vacation among the Mayan ruins. When Julia accidentally comes upon a couple of suspicious men exchanging an item, she quickly turns and leaves but it is too late. As a reporter, Julia does not easily give up and her curiosity gets her and John in a mess of trouble. Before John and Julia realize what is going on, they are both in danger and find themselves running for their lives through the jungles of the Yucatan.

MONTEZUMA INTRIGUE When a leather parchment of Montezuma’s map is found in great-grandfather Evans’ old chest, April Evans and the Evans twins know this summer is going to be a memorable one. With Julia’s help, April and the twins convince John to go on a treasure hunt. Is Montezuma’s treasure a legend or reality? Whatever the case, John insists on keeping their little treasure hunt a secret. If certain people find out about it, the family could be in danger.

If you like inspirational romantic suspense with a Morman flair, then this series is for you. The buy link is

Note: These books were furnished for review by the publisher.

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