Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte Hinger when we ended up on the same Barnes & Noble mystery panel (see yesterday’s post and photos). Charlotte grew up on a farm in Kansas and was a long-time resident there. She has previously been published in short fiction, Kansas history, and a novel about life on the Kansas prairie, Come Spring.
It’s always great fun to meet new authors, and Saturday was no exception. Charlotte has an interesting background and a variety of writing experiences. Happily, we can now claim Charlotte as one of our Colorado authors. Her debut mystery novel, Deadly Descent, was recently released by Poisoned Pen Press.
Using her extensive knowledge of Western Kansas and the world of the historian, Charlotte has created a setting and a character she can write about with authority:
“In historian Lottie Albright’s Western Kansas community, false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley’s political career, secrets whispered to her as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt’s murderer. Ignoring warnings from her twin sister, Josie, that she is in over her head, Lottie dons a badge to have access to information. She delves into a horrifying “cold case” to prove her merits as a deputy and impresses Sheriff Sam Abbot with her ability to combine historical research methods and police procedure.”