Listen to the Mockingbird

Listen to the Mockingbird

by Penny Rudolph

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Listen to the Mockingbird by Penny Rudolph

It’s 1861 in New Mexico Territory, and the Civil War is about to have a startling impact on Matty Summerhayes. Matty is struggling to develop a horse ranch to make enough money to return to the East. A stranger dies in her barn...with a map of her land in his pocket. Then war is declared, and Texans invade her valley for the Confederacy. Rumors begin to fly about a lost gold mine and soon someone is trying to run her off her ranch. Then her closest friend Winona — a one-time slave who is now nearing childbirth — is about to be stoned for practicing voodoo, and only Matty’s creative quick thinking can save her. But when Matty’s greatest secret is exposed, she must find a killer or lose her ranch.

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ISBN-13: 9781615951864
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 05/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,116,621
File size: 627 KB

About the Author

Penny Rudolph has worked as a bartender, truck driver, chili picker, science writer, and medical writer. Shes taught high school and college English, creative writing, and journalism.

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In 1861 Matilda 'Matty' Summerhayes is a rancher. In another secret life she was a musician and much more. When a Mexican boy is killed on her horse ranch, she finds a map of her ranch, with strange markings in his pocket. A stranger, Tonio Bernini, a mysterious man who turns out to be a 'healer' who studies with priests, comes to ask a favor. Matty allows the man to stay in the caves on her land, but she wonders if she's done the smart thing. When war comes to her New Mexico ranch, Matty is apprehensive about the controlling Confederate Army and put at risk when the Yankee's make their claim to the territory. Someone tries to buy her out. Was it the same person who tried to burn her out? Death comes to her door in the form of her past. Matilda Summerhayes is a strong, resourceful woman, but will it be enough? I felt the heat of the desert sun, the cool of the shade and the water from Mockingbird Springs. I had to shake the sand out of my shoes when I stood wash the soot out of my hair after the fire I soaked my t-shirt to get the blood out. Yes, Penny Rudolph is that good. Great read, and I don't use those words lightly or often.