My mom loved this series, and she’s into thrillers, so she’s the one endorsing it. Trust her.
The series is The Sydney St. John Mysteries by Cary Osborne, a Mystery .
Oklahoma Winds ~ The Sydney St. John Mysteries Book 1
In Oklahoma, spring
brings storms raging across the American prairie, too often spawning tornadoes
that lash the land. But this spring Sydney St. John finds herself fighting for
her life against another danger, one from the past. When her intern’s body is
discovered in the archives processing room, everyone wants to believe the
girl’s death was an accident or a horrible mistake. But Sydney sets out to
discover whether the cruel murder of today resulted from another crime
committed nearly seventy years earlier, searching for clues as only an
archivist can. Her search leads her to another danger, different, in the person
of Ben Bartlett, grandson of the creator of the very collection at the center
of the mystery. Is he to be her lover? Or her murderer?
OKLAHOMA WINDS is an engrossing thriller that reveals the inexorable links present-day events (and crimes) always have to the past. We are forever connected to the history that brought us to where we are now, and unraveling the tangled truths of that history can shed a brilliant light on who we have become. Yes, OKLAHOMA WINDS is a murder mystery, and a fascinating one. But it’s also a testament to the power of the past over our lives. Having had some experience with research librarians and archivists, I’ve always known they were some of the most brilliant (yet unsung) detectives among us . . . and the protagonist of OKLAHOMA WINDS is long-overdue proof of that. Sydney St. John does for archivists what Indiana Jones did for archaeologists — and I can’t wait to see what mysteries she’ll tackle next!
–Brad Denton, author of Blackburn and Sergeant Chip
Oklohoma Winter: Black Ice ~ The Sydney St. John Mysteries Book 2
Oklahoma, the state that ranks second as most
dangerous in the U.S. when it comes to weather. Too often, the wind comes
sweeping down the plain, with a vengeance. In winter, black ice glides onto the
roads, barely seen, and when the wheels of a vehicle run onto it, a driver had
It’s winter in Oklahoma, and Sydney St. John finds murder among the papers of the Filmore County Historical Archives. The collection is that of Carl Blair, rancher, politician, father, and husband, who ruled his land and his family without the need for compassion, or love. Although gone these many years, his grandchildren and Lawrence, his only surviving son, still suffer from his cruelty and heavy hand. It’s Sydney who must untangle the web that begins with racism and murder. Ben Bartlett her lover, still living in California, is helpless to save her from natural disasters and festering family hatred.
Saving Souls ~ The Sydney St. John Mysteries Book 3
Sydney St. John, still living and working in
Gansel, Oklahoma, hopes to never be involved in a murder investigation again.
She plans on being content with organizing the historical documents in the
Filmore County Historical Archives. But when Patrick O’Kelley, preaching to no
one on the corner opposite the archives in twenty-degree weather, is found
murdered, her curiosity once again gets the better of her.
The facts she discovers lead her to hidden gold, oil rights, and Edward Capeheart O’Kelley, the man who shot Bob Ford, Jesse James’s killer. What does the murder in the late 1800s have to do with Patrick O’Kelley’s death in the 21st century?
About the Author
Cary Osborne has been writing for more than two decades, delving into many genres including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, and romance. Having once been told that there aren’t enough generalists in the world, and having an interest in many worldly aspects, makes it difficult to settle into a single mold. Ancient history, being one of those interests, she uses her studies in the subjects and backgrounds for her stories, both long and short.
Hi Cary, and thank you so much for being here with me.
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Unlike many authors, I didn’t begin writing seriously until I was in my 40s. I’ve always been a big reader and being a writer seemed to follow naturally. And I did get a few short pieces published when I was in my 30s. When the city recreation department in the town where I lived offered a writing class, I decided to try it. That turned into a writers’ group and led to my first pro sale, a short story titled “Monster McGill” in the first Women of Darkness anthology.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
Unlike most people, I have always enjoyed being in school. Some of my friends think I’m crazy.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Tennessee. I was – or am – an army brat, so I grew up all over the country and lived two years in France. That’s probably one reason why my tastes in reading and writing are eclectic.
Who is your hero and why?
Historically, I’ve always been attracted to Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was queen of France and England in the eleventh century, mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John. She was a strong woman in an age when women were marginalized most of the time.
In my own life, I once worked with a woman who had three jobs, was a mother, and was one of the gentlest, most positive people I’ve ever known. I admired her calm nature very much.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I believe it was made in the 1980s, titled The Earthling. Because I’m a big fan of science fiction, most of my friends think it’s sf, but it’s a coming of age story. I think it was William Holden’s last movie, Ricky Schroeder was the young boy, set in Australia. The sad thing is, I’ve never been able to find a copy of it on DVD.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
My first novels were a sf trilogy titled Iroshi, The Glaive, and Persea. I’ve always imagined them being made into an anime film. That would be awesome.
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