© Ted Clifton 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Ted Clifton, award winning author, is currently writing in three mystery series—Pacheco & Chino Mystery series, the Muckraker Mystery series and the Vincent Malone series.  Clifton’s focus is on strong character development with unusual backdrops.  His books take place in Southwest settings with some of his stories happening in the 1960s, 1980s and current times.  The settings are places Clifton has lived and knows well, giving great authenticity to his narratives.  Clifton has received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award and the CIPA EVVY award--twice.  Today Clifton and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado, with frequent visits to one of their favorite destinations, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Award Winning Mystery Writer
Excerpt from latest Blog………..   I grew up in a household where reading was honored.  This was mostly based on my father’s love of books.  There wasn’t a lot of family discussion about books, but it was obvious they were important.  My father’s bookcase was held in high regard and given a prime location in the living space.  Both of my parents grew up in households that did not have a lot of possessions.  Books would have been a luxury.  My father in particular was raised in very humble conditions.  As his own new family became more prosperous in post WWII America he purchased books and they became his treasures, a luxury he had never experienced as a child.  Coming from this background reading became a habit and a source of great pleasure for me.  Reading books was something I just did, it was natural. Taking an unscientific survey during Thanksgiving, it is apparent people are reading less and in many cases not at all.  I have read the stories about the decline in hours spent reading books and knew this was happening; but it is still kind of shocking to talk to relatives and realize the new normal is to not read; at all.  Not one book in years or maybe decades, I can’t imagine not reading.  Of course, I write books so I have lots of reasons to be shocked at this trend. And it is a trend.  The decline in reading has been going on for a couple of decades.  Lots of factors but the most likely culprit is TV.  You would think the number of hours spent watching TV would have peeked somewhere in the past and leveled off, nope.  It is increasing.  People are watching more and more television.  Some of this, I’m sure, is due to the increased options being offered, streaming services and vast numbers of channels on cable.  With the average hours of daily TV watching increasing substantially in the last ten years; there is no time to read. READ MORE…….
“Murder Mystery at it’s Best!” 
“Love these mysteries” 
“Well done Southwest adventure” 
“Great writing and imagination.” 
“Not your run-of-the-mill mystery”
Pacheco & Chino Mysteries
Vincent Malone Novels
Muckraker Mysteries
A mysterious letter with a strange key hinting at a Bootlegger’s criminal past and referencing ill-gotten hidden treasure in the millions, sends the Bootlegger’s son and his pal on an adventure of a lifetime.  They will discover the truth about the shocking past and stumble into the surprising future.
Retired sheriff looking forward to solitude and fishing finds his world turned upside down by a stray show dog and a dead body near his cabin. 
Modern day Billy-The-Kid takes over resort town and dared officials to stop him.  Soon, he was dead.  Finding the killer will take Pacheco & Chino down many paths to the surprise ending.
Ray Pacheco and Tyee Chino in their latest adventure unraveling a maze of misdeeds.  Money, sex and all known sins come into play in a small town drama that will take Pacheco and Chino into a conflict that will involve many of the good citizens of Farmington and the nearby Navajo Nation.
Big time sports agent found murdered after telling famous clients he lost all of their money.  Down on his luck PI follows leads to surprising ending.
Artistic egos clash in Santa Fe modern art scene.  One gallery owner dead.  Vincent Malone dusts off his legal investigator skills to find out whodunit.
A mystery author staying at the Blue Door Inn claims she is being followed. Vincent Malone volunteers to find out what is going on, and things quickly get complicated.
The Bootlegger’s Legacy is the prequel to the Pacheco & Chino series.   
New journalism grad becomes involved in murder, romance, political intrigue, police corruption and a newspaper war all in his first week at work.
Evil has found a home in middle America.  U.S. Senators wife found dead under strange circumstances is only the beginning of the rot to be uncovered.  Will Tommy Jacks solve the mystery of what is happening right before his eyes?
US Senate race with a preacher, oil tycoon and liberal professor running in middle America.  Political reporter Tommy Jacks is caught in the ugly whirlpool of lies and murder.   
© Ted Clifton 2015
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!
Award Winning Author
Vincent Malone Novel #3
Pacheco & Chino #3