Tower Lowe (aka Donna Tower Pecherer) is published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and is the author of mystery novellas and full-length novels featuring Cinnamon and Burro. Her new series of historical mysteries features Cotton Lee Penn and Max Mayfair. She lives in New Mexico and grew up in Homeville, Virginia.
Last January, I visited Pine Island and the Randall Research Center with friends. The day was sunny -- perfect paradise weather in Florida. We got out of the car, talking and laughing until we neared the outdoor deck of the Research Center Building. Two of us stopped in our tracks. We felt a force emanating from the building. And believe me, the friend at my side is no ghost buster. He's a scientist who thinks ghosts are like Casper from the old cartoon. But he said.
"Wait a minute. T
This story takes place in Homeville, Virginia where my new book Gone on Sunday takes place. It is a story from my childhood, but recently, when I got together with family, I found out more details about this fiery adventure. Ghosts were often rumored to haunt the house, and now a friend tells me that bees are a sure sign of haunting spirits. After this story, you'll conclude the house in Homeville needs an exorcism!
We lived in an old two story plantation house built in 1830. T
Thirty years ago, in my early years in New Mexico, I invited a good friend, Diana, to join me in Taos. We stayed an an historic inn, where the rooms boasted functioning Kiva fireplaces that burned fragrant piñon wood. It was the month of October, which we should have known was the month of spirits and haunts. But...we were young and sophisticated and smart. Right.
We started off as good tourists, with lunch at Michael's Kitchen, already a must in Taos. Then we walked the town
Hotel Andaluz, downtown AlbuquerqueToday my new novel, In Albuquerque, Abandoned is in early release. This put me in mind of the most haunted hotel in the city, the Hotel Andaluz.
I am literally afraid to go there myself, because a teacher I met when I worked in Albuquerque attended a conference there and saw two apparitions. The conference was on spirituality, she says, so it put her into a mood where she was open to the unseen world that surrounds us every day but r
The La Fonda Hotel is located right on the Santa Fe Plaza, at the corner of San Francisco Street and old Santa Fe Trail. A small adobe inn was located here in the 1800s that doubled as the town courtroom. In those days, Spanish was the native language of many inhabitants as the territory had once been part of both Mexico and Spain. Local rumor has it that many men were hanged in the old building in Santa Fe's wild west days.
In the 1980's, when I first moved here, I invited my Cuban
Madrid, New Mexico -- a thriving tourist town now, full of galleries and shops and the Mine Shaft Tavern, where locals and tourists gather for refreshment. Every Christmas, the town resurrects an historic light show, rumored to go back to the 1920s and 30s.
Coal mining started in Madrid in the 1800s and picked up steam in the early part of the 20th century. By the 1920s, the town produced its own coal driven electricity and became famous for a Christmas light show that is still visi
I moved to Santa Fe 34 years ago, and that’s when I first head the haunting story of the woman who drowned her children in the Santa Fe River. I was visiting a friend, Sandra, who lived with her grandmother on Upper Canyon Road, overlooking the river.“When I was a little girl,” Sandra said, “My grandmother warned me never to go near the river alone because I would be caught up and taken away by the crying woman.”
“Why Grandma?” I asked. “Why will the woman take me away?”
Ghosts wandered about in my childhood home in Homeville, Virginia. The most talked about was Miss Rosa.
Miss Rosa Thornton Briggs, on of three wives of the family patriarch, Dr. Henry Caroline Briggs, was buried here, in a cemetery directly behind the big house. She was the last of Dr. Briggs' wives -- the first two died in childbirth. In life, she was said to be very protective of the family and of their reputation.
My grandmother never knew Miss Rosa, but
In Santa Fe, during WWII, a set of army barracks were set up on what is not the location of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe).
I worked at the College for many years, and during the last two years, my offices were located in these barracks. What an adventure. One of the offices was the former surgery -- or so the story went. And wa-ay in the back, there was a storage room that had once been the recovery room. A very spooky
The old time Santa Fe residents have circulated stories about ghosts in the old hospital in downtown Santa Fe for years. Now that the hospital, a nursing home for years, has been gutted and turned into a fancy hotel, I hear the stories repeated in the hardware store, the grocery store and in classrooms in Santa Fe.
People say the hospital was haunted by several of nurses. The nurses are looking for patients who died because they want to keep taking car
Getting this review came after a long shot entry into the contest that is getting a review from Publishers Weekly/BookLife....and hoping it is favorable!
I followed the directions on the website and then waited. After 4 weeks, I was notified by email that I cleared the first round. After 13 weeks, I was notified that I would be reviewed (with the puzzling caveat that my book might be lost in the shuffle and never reviewed). For a self-published writer, doing my own
Cristo Rey Catholic school was a k-8 parochial school in the old barrio, now called the eastside of Santa Fe. For many decades the school served the Cristo Rey Church parish children. The old school closed down and the building is rented out by a pre-school.
I started teaching there in the 1990's, and the kids told each other stories from the old days that they had heard from their parents, who also attended Cristo Rey School.
In 1990, Walter Mosley invited us into black Los Angeles in Devil in the Blue Dress. Sam Spade now had a black counterpart in Watts named Easy Rawlins. Spade operated in the 1920's and Easy Rawlins occupies a black underworld in the 1940's in L.A.
Blonde Faith, Mosley's 11th Easy Rawlins novel, brings us forward a few years from Devil in a Blue Dress, and Easy's life still ain't easy. He understands women even less (his latest, Bonnie, marries another man) and
Publishing giant Hachete wants to change $19.95 for ebooks -- and they have their authors out on the streets, hawking the idea. Heh, go for it if you can get it. For me, the challenge is to get enough fans so I can have a big publishing company ask me to hawk their price-gouging practices!
My mystery thriller, In Gallup, Greed started out with a kindle price of $4.99. My adorable fans bought it right way. But, let's face it, that's only about 50 people.
A coyote drifted by the front window, cautious, gray-gold, sniffing the dirt. The college campus surrounding Burro’s apartment lay quiet in the late morning. A gray cloud drifted by in the distance, foreshadowing the monsoon. Burro watched, and the cautious animal raised his eyes towards the cloud, and then turned towards Burro, as if to communicate the coming torrent. A coyote vision, Burro thought, based on intu
Zymotic means fermenting -- and that's what happens when Tran is found dead on his Zuni, New Mexico front porch. Cinnamon and Burro explore the small Native American village for clues on what happened to the teacher. Cinnamon finds out shocking information about her mother in a mystical Zuni Catholic church full of Kachinas whose walls are filled with Kachinas that should never have been painted there.
Download #2 in this mystery thriller series. Find out who kille
To celebrate the digital release of the 6th installment of the mystery thriller series, In Gallup, Greed, the first story in the series In Dulce, Disturbed will be FREE June 28-29.
The Cinnamon/Burro adventure begins here...
Beaten to death by his teacher, a young native boy is found by the side of the road in Dulce, New Mexico. Cinnamon,a woman sleuth, joins her pal Burro to face down the school and the teachers and solve the first crime story in this top myster
Using the Create Space word template to format in Gallup, Greed -- my New Mexico mystery thriller ... not to hard to do, but boring. I have to correct the paragraph formatting with each cut and paste. For some reason, even though it's set for 0 pts after sentences, it's still adding a space after each paragraph and changing the setting when I paste into the format from Create Space. So I'm highlighting the whole chapter and resetting the paragraph.
Images taken while working on the cover for # 6 in my New Mexico mystery thriller series.
Summer in Santa Fe
A Broken Gate on the Eastside
Orange Dust and Prickly Pear
Always the sky, following me.
Favorite Quotes from Cinnamon and Burro New Mexico mystery thriller # 6!
In Gallup, Greed -- #6 in the New Mexico mystery thriller series.
Blood soaked the gray linens and drained, thick and rouge-brown, in a puddle that flowed from a wound in his abdomen. He was clearly and obviously dead.
A coyote drifted by the front window, cautious, gray-gold, sniffing the dirt.
As it rang, he noticed the coyote, spooked by a sound, slip quickly into a row of juniper tre
My cover is ready for the latest -- novel length -- Cinnamon/Burro New Mexico mystery thriller. Follow Santa Fe detective Cinnamon, and her pal, Burro as they wind through art works that seem alive to search out greed and corruption in Gallup. Plus, Cinnamon talks to Momma.
I Sense Confusion A coyote drifted by the front window, cautious, gray-gold, sniffing the dirt. The college campus surrou