Sandra Bolton writes mysteries and police procedurals about the people and places she has come to know and love. Extensive travels and a teaching career that spans over twenty-five years with diverse populations provide a feeling of authenticity to her novels. Key Witness and Abducted Innocence, books one and two of the Emily Etcitty Mysteries, published by Thomas and Mercer, take place in the starkly beautiful Four Corners area of New Mexico and on the remote Navajo Reservation. During her three years teaching on the reservation, she gained an appreciation for the Navajo people, their land, and traditions which she manages to weave seamlessly into her books. Her first novel, A Cipher in the Sand, centers around a Peace Corps volunteer’s harrowing experience with corruption and crime in Honduras where Sandra lived and worked for two years. She currently resides in northern New Mexico with her dog Sam, dividing her time between writing, hiking, and cooking great meals for friends. The third novel in her Emily Etcitty series is near completion.