Determined to find out what really happened, David Ward, Quincy Brewster, and Margaret Pendleton take matters into their own hands. They run afoul of Key West drug dealers, art dealers, and the county sheriff before jetting off to Xalapa where their friend had been writing and researching a horror novel.
David finds a clue that Cortés may have hidden Moctezuma’s treasure in the Palenque ruins during the conquistadors’ march to Honduras. Suspecting that Stone had followed Cortés’s journey, David sets out to follow Stone’s only slightly warm trail. Palenque Murder takes the reader from Key West to Xalapa, and from there on to Tlacotalpan, Coatzacoalcos, Villahermosa, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mérida, and back to Key West, where the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
Praise for Palenque Murder
“Reading one of Grant Spradling’s novels is like settling down on the veranda with a good and amusing friend for a long afternoon of intriguing and intimate storytelling. Grant’s abilities for conjuring vivid visual images, and for evoking a sense of place and time, are unsurpassed.”—Joe I. Tompkins, two-time Emmy winner, two-time Academy Award nominee
“Grant Spradling has written another intelligent mystery novel with a very well-developed story line and a veritable cast of characters, some of whom to appear right from the pages of an Armistead Maupin novel. The witty dialogue and the colorful descriptions of Key West and various locales in Mexico bring the story to life. This reader is left wanting these characters to continue their adventures. Reading Palenque Murder is more fun than spending a rainy day playing Clue . . . an intriguing whodunit! Bring on the next one!”—Reg Deneau, author of Trust the Winds and Not My Father’s Footsteps, www.regdeneau.com
“Palenque Murder is the type of book that draws you in as you fall in love with its characters and follow them to the last page. This is a superb murder mystery and much more. Apart from the purity of the language, I also enjoyed the way the characters exemplify this exchange of communication that exists between the United States and Mexico. All in all, this is a wonderful murder mystery to be enjoyed and talked about. Grant Spradling is a writer to be followed and I look forward to his next murder mystery.”—José Vieira Arruda, psychologist
“Spradling knows the lands of which he writes. With a love of life, people, places, and stories, he weaves a web of enchantment, friendship and mystery. Read him!”—Mitchell Jay Keenan, founder of Mexico International