This book contains short novellas 1-5 that start the Cinnamon Burro New Mexico Mysteries. Beaten to death by his teacher, a young native boy is found by the side of the road in Dulce, New Mexico. Cinnamon, an investigator, joins her pal Burro to face down the school and the teachers and solve the first crime in this mystery series. Cinnamon also collects the first clues to the lost Momma, who abandoned her in childhood. Cinnamon pursues the next four New Mexico mysteries with one eye on the crime and one eye on finding Momma. Burro receives visions that contain clues to the crime, if only the two of them can figure out what they mean. These four stories take the reader on a tour of New Mexico towns full of quirky characters and mysterious doings.
I started this mystery series when my job required traveling around New Mexico. In Dulce, New Mexico, I felt the presence of spirits, hidden in the hills, on every visit. I was disturbed enough to create the first story while working there. My own mother died when I was 13, and I spend most of my life chasing her, so, in this mystery series, I created Cinnamon, who pursues her elusive Mother through the Land of Enchantment.