Size: 5.90 x 8.80 in
The Wood River Valley before it was Sun Valley!
Nellie Burns, photographer, leaves Chicago in the early 1920s to find adventure and a career in the West. She lands in Ketchum, Idaho, armed with her large format camera. After photographing moonshadows on snow, she stumbles onto a not quite deserted house and a black dog she names Moonshine. She also discovers and photographs a dead body. When the body disappears and her negatives are stolen, she joins the chase to solve the mystery and find her negatives. Rosy, a one-eyed miner, reluctantly guides her in the search. Moonshine joins in as Nellie’s guardian.
A Basque sheriff crosses words and actions with Nellie. A sheep rancher with a particular dislike of Rosy and the sheriff charges Nellie with interference. The last Chinese residents in town suspect Nellie herself of murder. Nellie’s impulsive nature brings her to a second body, a near drowning, an explosion in a darkroom, and terror in a mine.
Moonshadows is a taut and enigmatic historical mystery with passionate characters, each hiding a secret. Set against wintry small towns and back country Idaho, Nellie’s and Moonshine’s explorations reveal a web of revenge, opium addiction, obsessive love and loss, and a haunting story of devotion.
Idaho Author Award for Best Cover!
“The reader walks effortlessly into a West long behind us, in this gorgeously written, taut mystery. Secrets are the fuel of all fiction — prepare for Moonshadows to burn brightly.”--Ridley Pearson author of The Red Room
“Anyone who loves Western history and a good mystery will find Moonshadows hard to resist. The captivating story combines an intriguing plot with a historical-based look at Idaho in the days of the first automobiles. Julie Weston’s heroine, a spunky young woman making her career as a photographer, combines the perfect amounts of charm and persistence in solving the crimes. A good read from start to finish.” --Anne Hillerman, author of Rock with Wings
Kirkus Review: "A photographer's aspirations take her West in the 1920s, right into a mysterious murder case. This debut mystery from Weston authentically portrays the gritty mining towns and the wild beauty of Idaho while presenting a challenging puzzle."