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Margaret Coel | Killing Custer and Night of the White Buffalo
Author Guest / September 8, 2014

Last year KILLING CUSTER came out and now is available in paperback.  This year’s novel, NIGHT OF THE WHITE BUFFALO, appears in early September.  Looking at these two very different novels on my shelf, I wondered if the only thing they had in common is the same author.  (That would be me.)   Which set me to wondering, is what ways are they alike? Let’s start with setting and characters.  Both are set on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming with the Arapahos, one of the Plains Indian tribes.  Both feature Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Jesuit missionary priest, Father John Aloysius O’Malley.  So, in what ways are they different?  Since I work very hard not to tell the same stories over and over again, the stories are different.  KILLING CUSTER deals with reenactors, people who dress up like Custer and the 7th Cavalry and fight—again and again—the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on June 25-26,1876.  NIGHT OF THE WHITE BUFFALO deals with the birth of a white buffalo calf on the reservation, a  sign from the Creator Himself that brings hundreds of pilgrims and changes everything.  Both novels are set in the present and yet, what they share,…

Susan Wittig Albert | The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush
Author Guest / September 8, 2014

I love historical mysteries! As I look back over my list of favorites, I see that most of them are historicals that take me to a different time and place, introduce me to different cultures, and show me different ways of seeing the world. That’s why my husband Bill Albert and I teamed up to write a dozen Victorian/Edwardian mysteries, under the pen name of Robin Paige. That’s why, when we finished that series, I turned to the life of children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter for eight books in the series: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. And why my latest historical mystery project has been THE DARLING DAHLIAS, a Depression-era series featuring a garden club in a small Alabama town in the challenging decade of the 1930s. Most of us think of the Depression as a dark time, with businesses out of customers, people out of work, and families out of luck. And yes, it was a dreadful time, there’s no doubt about it. But the ladies of Darling, Alabama, reflect the best of those shadowed years. They belong to a garden club called “The Dahlias,” which (next to Beulah’s Beauty Bower, the Darling Diner, and the party…