Welcome to Tales and Images

I like to talk to interesting people and write stories about them. Sometimes I make up tales—one is even long enough to be an environmental mystery novel, The Cactus Plot. Nature and photography are my thing, too. 

  • Winner – New Mexico-Arizona 2020 Book Awards, Cozy Mystery
  • Second Best Fiction for Adult Readers – NM Press Women 2020 Communications
  • Bronze Award – Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2020 EVVY Award, Mystery/Crime/Detective

Cover Front Only June 14_2019 full size w:stroke


Good grief, what have I gotten myself into!
Murders overshadow botanist Millie Whitehall’s peaceful summer surveying endangered plants in northwest New Mexico. When autopsy reports show two seemingly unrelated deaths involve plants, Millie must use her knowledge of ecology as she races to identify the murderer—before she becomes the next victim.

“…takes the reader onto isolated BLM land in the Four Corners Country…. Millie, the botanist protagonist from the East, rejoices in the variety of plants—even though some species are directly involved in ghastly murders.”

—Anne Hillerman, New York Times Best-selling author of the “Chee-Leaphorn-Manuelito” series.

“…a scientist-as-hero in the process of discovering her strength, ultimately using her botanical training and professional curiosity to crack the puzzles at the heart of The Cactus Plot.”—Kathleen Hall, Cactus & Succulent Society of New Mexico Newsletter


The Cactus Plot is now available for purchase on:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Amy’s Bookcase, Maria’s Bookshop, Scribd