Karen’s Killer Book Bench: DANGEROUS DANCE, Shandra Higheagle Mystery Book 11 by Paty Jager #NativeAmerican

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Shandra Higheagle Mystery Book 11


Book eleven in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series

Jealousy… Drugs… Murder…

At the reservation to make final arrangements for her upcoming wedding, potter Shandra Higheagle gets caught up in the murder of a young woman about to turn her life around.

Having no jurisdiction on the reservation, Detective Ryan Greer pulls in favors from friends in the FBI to make sure there is no delay in their wedding.

However, the death occurs in a sacred place and could place the nuptials on hold. Following the clues may not only stop the wedding…

But separate Shandra and Ryan for life.

Messy Bits and Pieces


Eleven books ago when I started the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series, I fell in love with Shandra and Ryan. Little did I know how many readers would also fall in love with them!

I was at a booksigning in Clarkston, WA, at about book five, and several fans of Shandra and Ryan started grilling me about when the two would get together. I told them it was more fun to torture the characters and my readers. That got me scowls and laughs.

Readers have been asking, reviewers have been asking, and finally… well maybe…Shandra and Ryan will be officially a couple.

While discussing the upcoming books with a friend and reader of the Shandra Higheagle Series, she said, “You should keep teasing the readers.” So all you Shandra and Ryan fans, you can blame my friend for the torture you’ve gone through waiting for the wedding to happen. 😉

In Dangerous Dance, Book 11, Shandra wants to have the wedding on the reservation where her family lives. I liked her having her family involved and her adding more of her heritage to the ceremony, but I couldn’t just let the wedding happen. No, that would be a bad writer to just let everything happen like a child skipping down a sidewalk, happy and content. There was the murder of a person Shandra feels close to and it happens in a sacred area, which was going to be part of the wedding ceremony.

I rub my hands with glee. Yes, I had to put a wrench in the whole happy proceeding. That’s what a writer does. We give our characters challenges and set-backs. Those are what make them real people and keeps the reader reading. They see the characters battle with the same (well not everyone will have their wedding disrupted by a murder) but everyone has to deal with something. Life isn’t all sunshine and balloons. That messy side of life is what I like to harness in my stories and show that no matter what happens, there is a way to get through it.

I bet you wouldn’t want to read a book that was all happiness and light. It would be boring. Giving the characters a challenge or two and seeing how they handle it, is what shows you a character and gives you a chance to live vicariously through that person and perhaps, learn just a bit about yourself and what strength you have in side of you.

Do you like books where the writer tortures the characters and the reader? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Dream Catcher and a Shandra Higheagle Book.

About the Author Paty Jager…

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 34 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”

Links to Paty’s website, blog, books, etc.

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14 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: DANGEROUS DANCE, Shandra Higheagle Mystery Book 11 by Paty Jager #NativeAmerican

  1. Kay Martinez says:

    I love this series! Glad to know there’s a new book out and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. Docter says:

    Good morning, Paty, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Like Kay, I love this series and the insights you bring of an entire world I know so little about. And, yes, we MUST torture our characters as long as we can. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to share your book with us today!

    • Paty Jager says:

      Hi Kay, Thanks for stopping in. I’m glad you are enjoying Shandra and Ryan’s escapades.

    • Paty Jager says:

      My computer is messing me up today… ARGH! Sorry I didn’t get here sooner. I completely forget I was here because I was sick last Wednesday and Thursday and never made it to my desk to see my desk calendar. Then family took my attention away from things.

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    So odd this series has been around for eleven years and I didn’t know about it. This will change.
    Thanks, Karen and Paty.

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  5. Eileen AW says:

    Thank you for joining us and sharing about your book. Evil but necessary is how I view an author making the H/H getting together. This series sounds intriguing.

  6. Helen Rodin Drake says:

    Hi Shandra,
    I was not familiar with this Series. It sounds like the characters are fascinating. I’m interested in books that have an Indian heritage involved.

  7. Paty Jager says:

    Haha, Helen. That is true. It is evil but necessary to keep readers coming back for more. Glad you stopped in.

  8. Paty Jager says:

    Haha, Eileen That is true. It is evil but necessary to keep readers coming back for more. Glad you stopped in.

  9. Paty Jager says:

    Haha, Eileen That is true. It is evil but necessary to keep readers coming back for more. Glad you stopped in.

    ARGH again! I keep being told I’ve already said that! I’ll Tag Helen onto here. Helen, I’ve always been fascinated by American Indians. That is why I have them as protagonists in my mystery series. The Gabriel Hawke series starting in January also has an American Indian protagonist, only male and he isn’t an amateur sleuth. He’s a game warden.

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