“Author Mary Coley deftly weaves Osage legend, Oklahoma Native American history, the distant memories of childhood, and family secrets to pull the reader into a haunting yet thrilling mystery.”
When Jamie Aldrich was eleven years old, she and her siblings spent the summer with her great aunt Elizabeth. She doesn’t remember what happened during that visit, and she’s avoided Pawhuska, Oklahoma, ever since. But when Elizabeth calls her thirty years later, begging her to come, Jamie arrives to find her great aunt frail and agitated, inexplicably claiming that her entire life was a sham. Now Elizabeth lies in a coma after what looks like an attempt on her life. Although Jamie has no idea who would want to harm her aunt, it’s clear that the danger hasn’t passed. Threatening notes appear in the house. Jamie meets with several strange “accidents.” And the longer she stays, the more she feels like she can’t trust anyone in Pawhuska — not even Sam, the first man she’s had feelings for since her husband died. Will Jamie be able to discover the truth before both she and Elizabeth are silenced forever?
Biography from the author:
“If Nature has anything to do with it – I’m all over it! From the time I fell in love with my first dog, Rusty, animals had me hooked. And from the minute I could spend time outside by myself, I was outside. Nature and Animals were my first loves, and I have been blessed to enjoy a long career where I combined those two loves with my other loves – writing and books.
As a nonformal educator, I have taught many different environmental topics at universities and schools, as well as trained volunteers working at natural sites. As a curriculum developer, I have created materials for use in non-traditional education settings and for teacher training. The book, Environmentalism: How You Can Make a Difference, published through Capstone Press, winner of the Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. 1999 award for Best Juvenile Book, is just one of those creations.”