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Spotted Pony Casino Mystery Book 2
BY PATY JAGER
Book 2 in the Spotted Pony Casino Mysteries has Dela Alvaro not only trying to keep her job by discovering the killer before word spreads about the murder, but she also has to deal with FBI Special Agent Quinn Peirce butting heads with her high school sweetheart who has returned to the reservation as a tribal policeman.
Greedy Power Companies
…and a body
A bitter dispute over the breaching of dams in Idaho sparks emotions at a summit held at the Spotted Pony Casino. When the keynote speaker is murdered, Dela Alvaro, head of security, teams up again with FBI Special Agent Quinn Pierce.
The suspects are many since it appears the victim was playing both sides of the controversial environmental issue. Did someone take advantage of a marital dispute… witnessed by a crowd of casino spectators? Or did an angry wife murder her husband?
Character Interview, Dela Alvaro
Head of Security, Spotted Pony Casino
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation
What one word best describes you?
What are you passionate about these days?
Keeping my friends on the reservation safe and keeping my job. After being medically discharged from the army, I knew my chances of getting any kind of law enforcement job would be slim. I was lucky to be hired to work security at the casino.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
While I deny it every time my mother brings up settling down, I would love to have a husband, children, and a normal life. But normal isn’t in my vocabulary anymore.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you’d buy?
I would hire a private investigator to find out information about my father’s family. And use the rest of the money to build more housing on the reservation.
Who should play you in a film?
Do you play any sports?
Being a lower limb amputee, I don’t play sports. Now I jog/run. No contact sports of any kind. In High school I loved basketball.
What would we find under your bed?
A go-bag, Glock, box of ammo, and dust bunnies.
What is something you want people to know about you?
Even though I’m missing a lower leg, I’m still the same person I was before. I have always wished I was Indigenous. I grew up on the reservation. All my friends are members of the Confederated Tribes. I want to be their family since the only family I have is my mom.
Tell us about your greatest achievement.
My greatest achievement so far in my life was helping FBI Special Agent Pierce and State Trooper Gabriel Hawke stop a human trafficking ring.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I believe getting the call from my best friend’s mom when I was a senior in high school was scarier than the IED that hit our Jeep in Iraq and mangled my leg. My best friend and I had gone into Pendleton to shop. When I needed to get back for basketball practice, she wasn’t ready to leave and said she’d catch a ride home. She never made it home. Her battered and raped body was found alongside the freeway. I have replayed that day over and over and blame myself for her being alone and a victim.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Grandfather Thunder, my mom’s next-door neighbor, once told me that we are all born to do great things. It doesn’t matter who our family is or where we come from. The Creator gave us all we need. It is up to us to use it.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, what would you say?
I would tell my best friend, I’m sorry I didn’t argue with her and make her get into my car. If we had had that argument, she would still be alive.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 53 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. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
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