© Ted Clifton 2015
A Pacheco and Chino Mystery
New Series from Ted Clifton
Dog Gone Lies
Sheriff Ray Pacheco returns from his introduction in  The Bootlegger’s Legacy to start his new venture as a private investigator.  This story introductions some  amazing characters; Tyee Chino, often drunk apache fishing guide and Big Jack, bait shop owner and  philosopher. Showing up at Ray’s remote cabin an obvious  showdog is out of place.  The dog will lead Ray into  the search for the missing owner who disappeared  from the Hot Springs Inn. Ray and his new team explore various options on  what might have happened to the woman.  This leads to confrontations with the local Sheriff and the FBI;  and two bodies; none of which are the missing  woman.
When an old-time bootlegger dies and leaves his son Mike a cryptic letter hinting at millions in hidden cash, Mike and his friend Joe embark on a journey that takes them through three states and 50 years of history. What they find goes beyond money and transforms them both.
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Although the mystery elements in this novel are certainly engaging enough to keep readers turning pages, it’s Clifton’s superb character development that makes this story a trans- formative journey of self-discovery. The cast of characters is so fully realized that even secondary players, such as Samantha, Mike’s manipulative wife, and Ray Pacheco, a Las Cruces sheriff, are memorable. In fact, Sally’s tragic tale steals the show. The noteworthy narrative also includes vivid backdrops, brisk pacing, and a meticulously researched, historically accurate account of the Prohibition era in Oklahoma and Texas.” “A tale with an authentic, immersive setting, inhabited by well-developed, endearing characters.” Kirkus Review 11/2015
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Lincoln County New Mexico was best known as the location of  The Lincoln County Wars; featuring the likes of Billy the Kid.   Martin Marino, the acting sheriff, was also short in stature, just  like The Kid—he was also crazy; no doubt just like The Kid.   Lincoln County survived Billy the Kid; Martin Marino might be a  different matter. Ray Pacheco and Tyee Chino have been asked by the state  Attorney General to find out what the hell was going on in the  Lincoln County Sheriff’s department.  Ray was sure there was  some big trouble waiting for them in Ruidoso.  Murder, lust,  madness and greed were visiting the high country.
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2016 Silver Honoree from IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards.
CIPA EVVY AWARD WINNER 2016
Fresh out of journalism school, Tommy Jacks begins his career as a newspaper reporter in the 1960s, finding intrigue, love, tragedy and maybe, himself.  His dad was a famous Oklahoma politico, serving time in state prison on trumped-up charges.  On the trail of a competing reporter’s killer, Tommy collects an interesting entourage of fools and geniuses.  Tommy Jacks: Muckraker.
Second book in the Muckraker Mystery Series. Tommy Jacks is back and seeking answers to one strange death after another.
Murder mystery set in quirky Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Over-the-hill legal investigator finds new beginning assisting ancient gun-slinger lawyer, assumed dead by most, find the killer of big shot sports agent who had just told his top clients he had lost all of their money.  Interesting characters galore.  
MUCKRAKER MYSTERY SERIES
The Bootlegger’s Legacy
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The high-end contemporary art scene drops into Santa Fe, New Mexico with ugly feuds, sexual entanglements and murder.  Vincent Malone, one-time attorney transformed into legal investigator; now down-on-his-luck shuttle driver biding his time until retirement, is right in the middle of all of the action. 
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Prequel to the Pacheco & Chino mystery series
The last book in the Muckraker series to be released in December 2018.
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Audiobook of Santa Fe Mojo 2019
Mystery writer attending an author’s conference in Santa Fe thinks she is being stalked by a man who has followed her from Chicago.  Vincent Malone comes to the aid of the writer and discovers the stalker thinks the writer knows who killed his father in the 1980s because the authors first book was not fiction but an actual account of that murder.  Archeology, artifacts, and crimes from the past weave into a mysterious plot.
© Ted Clifton 2015
PurpleSage Books
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
Ted Clifton
Murder Mystery --Love, Intrigue and Surprises!
“Ted Clifton covers all kinds of new territory and gives readers a young new hero in Tommy Jacks” Muckracker Series 1
”Rollicking good time.  A tale with an authentic, immersive setting, inhabited by well-developed, endearing characters. The adventure of a lifetime.”
Prequel to Pacheco & Chino Series
A dead body, lost show dog, a mystery in which a retired Sheriff finds adventure, love and some amazing characters in small town New Mexico.
Pacheco & Chino Series Book 1
“Very good reading. Kept my interest throughout the book. Loved the characters. Will read other ones like this. Keep it up.”
Pacheco & Chino Series Book 2
“This book has a lot of characters. Columnists, senators, murders. It has a good storyline. I believe Tommy Jacks will go far in his career as a columnist while trying to keep the enemies at bay.”
Muckraker Series Book 2
Vincent Malone, a classical private investigator at the end of his career, finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a dead big time sports agent and his professional athlete clients as suspects.
The second book in the Vincent Malone series has just been released.  One dead body; many suspects. Sex, money, hate, love, artistic egos explode in Santa Fe high-end art community; Vincent Malone, down-and-out legal investigator, wants to know whodunit!