Peggy Rothschild, thriller, mystery, California High Desert, kidnapping, female protagonist


    Sixteen-year-old Nicki is sent to stay at her grandfather’s cabin near the town of Punishment in the Mendocino Forest. But soon after arriving, she begins to suspect Grandpa is keeping secrets. Her exile brings an unexpected bright spot: Grandpa’s German shepherd, Queenie. The hunky neighbor boy’s another plus, though she quickly starts to doubt his honesty. 

    From secret pot farms to human trafficking, Nicki discovers nothing in the ‘Mendo’ is what it seems. When Grandpa takes off and the lives of new friends are endangered, Nicki must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect those she cares about. Before summer ends, Nicki will learn there are some choices she can’t undo.

    It’s a good thing Grandpa taught her how to shoot.





   After moving to the California High Desert for a new start, Deputy Casey Lang faces a hard truth: She must work through her fear of shooting another child or kiss her career goodbye. The disappearance of a six-year-old girl from a summer concert in the park puts Casey's resolve to the test. The only member of the local force with experience working a kidnapping, Casey knows she's the department's best chance for finding the child.

  Set in a scorched landscape of played out silver mines and dry riverbeds, Clementine's Shadow tells the story of a child snatched by a predator and the desperate hunt to find her. As the temperature rises, three unlikely heroes emerge.




   Twenty-seven-year-old Miranda Burgess hasn't seen her hometown since she awoke inside a strange house and discovered six dead bodies, including that of her boyfriend. With no memory of the prior drug-fueled night or who committed the murders, Miranda panicked and fled to L.A. where she changed her name and made a fresh start.

   Though hiding her identity and lying about the past have kept her safe for the last ten years, the nightmares haven't stopped. When her father dies suddenly, Miranda returns to to Mill Valley to say her goodbyes and look for answers. If she succeeds in digging out the truth about that long-ago night, Miranda may finally be able to stop hiding and build a new life.

   Too bad the killer has other plans.


"A classic suspense story with dead bodies and a secret. A great combination to keep readers turning pages."

  - Judge, 3rd Annual Writers' Digest Self-Published Book Awards.



© 2015 by Peggy Rothschild

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