Reporter Gera Stapleton has a difficult choice to make: write the story of a lifetime or save the legacy of a townóand a manóshe has come to love. Assigned to a piece in Jerome, Arizona about a once-friendly ghost gone on a crime spree, Gera stumbles upon an amazing tale of greed, deception, and family honoróand murder. When the killer targets her as the next victim, an unlikely savior comes to her rescue. Smart dialogue, plenty of action, and a touch of the supernatural make this a must-read novel.
“Becki Willis blends bits of history with bits of fancy and weaves a tantalizing tale you won’t soon forget.”
“Oh, great,” Gera grumbled aloud. “They’re even blaming that on the poor guy. Like a ghost from the thirties even knows what the internet is.”
First – Jerome, Arizona is a historical mining town that I fell in love with while traveling that I often wish I’d gone back to visit, but when you’re traveling with dogs it’s hard to make stops for a proper visit.
Second – I love ghost stories.
Third – I thankful for being exposed to new authors I would never try on my own. Thanks, Lone Star Lit.
Fourth – I deeply appreciate authors who autograph their review copy books.
Fifth – I have a predilection for books that will make me remember them long after they become a part of my growing library.
Sixth – the cover is the bomb.
Becki Willis has created a truly unforgettable tale in Tangible Spirits that encapsulates ghosts, murders, attempted murder, and romance. The latter is just enough that it does not get sappy.
Set in Jerome, Arizona, reporter Gera Stapleton is sent to cover a story on the ghostly town of Jerome. What she encounters upon her arrival is a murder and that murder leads her to investigate it, along with discovering if ghosts are actually real.
If you believe in ghosts or have had ghostly encounters, then you soon realize that Willis’ story crafting is truly believable when it comes to the ghosts revealed in Tangible Spirits. You also come to understand that gossip is indeed the universal language of small towns and that the power of suggestion is very real.
You can tell Willis’ did her research on this book on many levels, but incorporating unknown history that I did not know into this book makes it even more exceptional. Do you know about Executive Order 6102 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933? Well – you’ll learn about it in this book.
“Dead is dead, except when it comes to love. And love alone had the power to outlast death.”
Tangible Spirits weaves a story around Gera and you’re left wondering who’s real, who’s not, and who committed murder(s). Brilliantly written, the story takes you on a journey in the span of ten days that will leave you wondering if perchance Willis has a sequel planned to this story. If not – then I’ll look forward to reading more books by her.
Thanks, Becki for one of the most enjoyable books so far for me in 2018.
To the delight of readers around the world, Becki Willis writes memorable characters in believable situations. Best known for Forgotten Boxes and The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series, Becki has won numerous awards, but says her biggest achievement is her family and her loyal reader base.
Sins of the Younger Sons has received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters! Luke Burgoa is an ex-Marine on a solitary covert mission to infiltrate the Basque separatist organization ETA in Spain and help bring down its military commander, Peru Madariaga. Luke hails from a Basque ancestry that came with the Spanish empire to Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and, seventy-five years ago, to a Texas ranch. Neighbors consider the Burgoas Mexican immigrants and exiles of that nation’s revolution, but the matriarch of the family speaks the ancient language Euskera and honors traditions of the old country. Luke’s orders are to sell guns to the ETA and lure Peru into a trap. Instead he falls in love with Peru’s estranged wife, Ysolina, who lives in Paris and pursues a doctorate about an Inquisition-driven witchcraft frenzy in her native land. From the day they cross the border into the Basque Pyrenees, their love affair on the run conveys the beauty, sensuality, exoticism, and violence of an ancient homeland cut in two by Spain and France. Their trajectory puts Luke, Ysolina, and Peru on a collision course with each other and the famed American architect Frank Gehry, whose construction of a Guggenheim art museum seeks to transform the Basque city of Bilbao, a decrepit industrial backwater haunted by the Spanish Civil War—and a hotbed of ETA extremism. Ranging from the Amazon rain forest to a deadly prison in Madrid, Sins of the Younger Sons is a love story exposed to dire risk at every turn.
PRAISE FOR SINS OF THE YOUNGER SONS: “Reid’s story is a fascinating blend of page-turning thriller and vivid tableau of Basque culture and the movement that battled the Spanish establishment for many decades. A reader can’t ask for more—a book that’s engaging, entertaining, educative, and unique.” —Thomas Zigal, author of Many Rivers to Cross and The White League
“What a fine book Jan Reid has written! At once history—both cultural and political—and sensual love story, it reaches beyond genre to make for a magical and profound reading experience. Don’t start reading it at night unless you want to stay up until dawn and then some.” —Beverly Lowry, author of Who Killed These Girls? and Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life
“Page by page, Sins of the Younger Sons invites the reader to dwell for a while within its unique world, to suffer and celebrate with its unforgettable characters. It’s a trip that, if taken, is well worth the effort.” —Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News
“Sins of the Younger Sons vividly takes us into a world few of us have seen and into a bitter conflict most of us have never considered nor understood.” —Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News
Jan Reid’s highly praised books include his novel Comanche Sundown, his biography of Texas governor Ann Richards, Let the People In, his memoir of Mexico, The Bullet Meant for Me, and The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Making his home in Austin, Reid has been a leading contributor to Texas Monthly for over forty years.