For a change, the butler didn’t do it; a bear did. Or did it? In “Unbearably Deadly”, Roger and Suzanne visit Alaska to find out the circumstances surrounding their friends’ deaths. The FBI investigation concludes the cause of death was a tragic accident. With nothing more than a gut feeling that something is amiss, our sleuths head to Alaska to search for the truth. The vast expanse of Denali National Park creates a 6-million acre locked room murder case for our sleuths to solve. There are no suspects, no clues, and little help available. Conspiracies abound and the truth is much more complicated than it appears. Can the detective couple solve their most difficult case to date? Can be read as a series entry or a standalone mystery novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We visited Denali National Park last year. It seemed like a wonderful setting for a mystery novel.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is a series entry. The “regulars” are old friends of mine by now. The characters written specifically for this book had to fit the plot and setting.
The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry writes “tweener” mystery books (tougher and darker mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader, while introducing the readers to a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay for several months each. Jerry selected the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. While most of the novels in this series take place in South America, we’re letting Roger and Suzanne travel elsewhere these days, and this novel allows them, and our readers, to broaden their horizons.
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