- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463754175
- ISBN-13: 978-1463754174
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
An Arizona Tragedy: A Bailey Crane Mystery: Volume 1 Paperback – 2 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Billy Ray Chitwood was born and raised in East Tennessee; holds a BA degree in English from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania; has served honorably in the United States Navy; has taught school; has worked in textbook publishing; has owned his own business; has acted in theater, television, and print. The author is married to Julie Anne, a most patient and precious lady, and to 'George,' a 'bengal' cat with lots of love and a definite attitude. The three are currently living on 'The Sea of Cortez,' with residences both in Mexico and Arizona. There is writing, and there are walks on the beach collecting sea glass and shells. There are swaying palms and a constant supply of sunshine to keep the mood shifts at a minimum. There is God's beauty in the sea, in the smiles of children at play, in the withered faces of the old-timers hawking their wares in quaint shops and along the long stretches of sand, and in the music that stirs the soul. There is Arizona with its desert brilliance, family, friends, and memories ... memories that become the fodder for more writing, that wonderful activity that stretches the mind and imagination to places one might not thought possible to visit. It is all good and somehow intoxicating, mostly the writing, where one can become enamored with the supposed beauty of one's own musing. But, then, it is what it is, good and bad, small pieces of the heart. For additional information about the author and his other writing projects, go to his personal website: http://www.wix.com/brchitwood/thecrackedmirror
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This is the first novel I've read by Billy Ray Chitwood and I truly enjoyed it. I'll be back for more of Bailey Crane.
Billy describes Bailey Crane as a transplanted son of the south. He says there are still a few words that will give away his heritage like the word help may come out as hep. I can identify because I'm also from the South.
Catherine Gibbs, the murdered woman, had no idea as she started her morning that this was going to be her last day on earth. She kissed her daughter, and son good-by, hugged her mom, and headed out the door thinking things were right with her world.
Cathy worked for two of Bailey Crane's friends and she and Bailey had become casual buddies. When Bailey saw her that last morning at his friend's place of business, he noticed her face had a happy glow. He kept remembering how she looked that morning, and hearing how two kids had found her the next day with her head and face bashed in by a rock. It was that and the fact that she was his ex-wife's friend that made him determined to help solve her murder.
Cathy met Steve Langford, her boyfriend, after work that evening and they had dinner. He was the last known person to see her alive. Langford quickly became the police's prime suspect, and Bailey Crane's as well. That is all I will reveal and you will have to read it to find out the rest.
I enjoyed the way Chitwood told his story. He used sayings that I have never heard before. Sometimes they made me smile and sometimes they caused me to laugh out loud.
I like the way his character, Baily Crane, describes himself after a hard night on the town. "My eyes looked like two weak and damaged headlights on an ugly foggy morning."
I liked the way Billy Chitwood tells his story, and all I have left to say is, "Rock on, Bailey Crane."