History! Mystery! Murder!
Looking for family among strangers, a woman finds that seeking out distant relatives can be deadly and that some Arizona mysteries are better left buried!
PILAR SAGASTA steps into a world of cunning deception when she travels to Arizona to connect with her late grandfather's sister, Virginia. Eager for details of their Mexican history before the family fled the political turbulence in 1916, Pilar realizes quickly that she made a mistake. Far from the loving relatives she envisioned, she finds a group of odious characters who doubt her motives and want nothing more than to drive her away.
When Virginia dies suddenly, Pilar takes that as her cue to leave. But when she agrees to investigate after another relative is murdered, she discovers her family has a dubious past enmeshed in unsolved Arizona robberies, foreign politics, missing loot, and murder.
Secrets buried deep in the past reach to the present generation and obscure motives in a family where no one is who they seem and everyone has a secret to hide.
Cathy Ann Rogers has a penchant for creating literary characters who imitate reality through their skewed sense of justice as well as their bittersweet victories.
Cathy attributes the shaping of her writer’s prowess to her solitary upbringing as an only child. Armed with a library card from her neighborhood branch in Cincinnati, she spent her childhood absorbed in suspenseful scenes depicted within the fiction of Christie and Conan-Doyle. Simultaneously, she built a mental library of potential plots while eavesdropping on the conversations of adults who discussed everything from Hollywood to History. The result of these blended influences is her fascination with plot twists and multi-generational storytelling in novels.
Following the dictates of her left-brain, Cathy pursued a degree and graduate certificate in accounting, establishing a tax and bookkeeping service for entrepreneurs.
Cathy weaves her tales from her Arizona desert townhome in the company of her Bichon Frises, Whitney and Sophie.
Looking back at the tumultuous early twentieth century, I am humbled by the courage of the people to risk the certainty of a familiar way of life (as oppressive as it was), for the mere chance to achieve financial rewards and political influence in an unknown future government. Driven by desperation not only to improve their working and living conditions, but to ensure their survival at its most elementary, they challenged corrupt political systems established centuries before them—physically present, emotionally committed, and morally justified—not too different from events happening around the world today.
Here Lies Buried
"It was a wild time in history." Rod said. "Russia and Mexico had their revolutions happening at the same time, and then other countries, like Germany, supplying money and guns to the rebels to further their own agenda. Marxist ideology spread across the world like a lightning bolt, encouraging people to declare an end to their poverty and poor living conditions under oppressive rulers."