Roger and Suzanne take a vacation cruise through the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador. Suzanne finds a dead body with a couple of bullet holes in its back floating in the Pacific Ocean and we’re off to solve a multi-5-star-review mystery written by a two-time Indie Book of the Day Award winner. Among the suspects is a treacherous travel agent with an eye-opening secret, a cheerful couple of bird watchers from Germany, a happy honeymooning couple, two sensual sisters from San Francisco, two recent retirees from Australia working through their bucket list, and two middle-aged Montevideo residents seeing the wonders of the world. Lurking in the background behind the scenes is a mysterious Ecuadorian general. Can be read as a series entry or a standalone novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My wife and I had taken the tour of the Galapagos Islands featured in this novel several years ago. We rediscovered her journals from the trip so I had all my background material right in front of me. Some of it ended up in the book. It’s also a very special experience most of us can only dream about, so seemed appropriate to share.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The major continuing series characters, Roger, Suzanne, Bruce, and Eduardo, are old friends by now. The General, the Kaufman sisters, and a couple of others are based on real people we met on our own Galapagos tour. Some are from my imagination— where does that come from?
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 (tough and dark 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. Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s novels and editing for all of the books.
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