With my well known love of Texas, I just had to get involved in this cozy mystery from Dee Wilbur
Justice Perverted by Dee Wilbur
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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/13/14 - 2/10/14
Series: The Richmond Saga
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Medical Mystery, Beach Read
Sandy dozed intermittently with her head on Jon’s shoulder as they headed west on IH10. She thought about the changes that had just occurred in her life: her father’s death, quitting her teaching job in New Orleans, and packing all her belongings into the moving truck she was riding in. Her mind raced to the changes that were to come: her marriage to Jon, moving to the town of Richmond, Texas, and the effect that the community would have on her—and she would have on the community. She could not have foreseen the arrest of Jon’s partner for murder, the teenage marijuana ring, or the complete perversion of justice about to take place.
“What’s the bit about everybody wanting to know about his autopsy? His wife called last night and demanded an autopsy. The sheriff himself came in this morning and wanted to know if there was an autopsy. It looks to me like we had a drunk driver who failed to make a curve. I mean there was Jack Daniels all over the cab and him. Lordy, it smelled like a distillery there. We had them take the body down to Galveston during the night. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston does all our autopsies. I don’t know how far behind they are so it might take weeks.”
Jon grimaced. “What’s the matter, Jon?” asked the Chief Deputy.
“I think this may be a murder. You may need to speed them up on that autopsy.”
At that moment a young clerk brought in a lab slip to the chief deputy. “A tech from the hospital just brought this over. He said he thought it was important.”
“What is it?” scowled the Chief Deputy.
“It’s a blood alcohol level on Duane Belchner.”
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Guest blog post
In all four of their books, A Jealous God, Justice Perverted, A Foolish Plucking, and Ravening Wolves, Dee Wilbur has set the stories in the small Texas town of Richmond. Richmond is an old town as Texas towns go, being founded in 1821. It was named for Richmond, Virginia, and not as some have contended for Richmond, England. Moses Austin received a land grant from the Mexican government to colonize land in Texas along the Brazos River. He died before he could bring any colonists. His son Stephen F. Austin brought the first three hundred settlers on the Schooner Lively from New Orleans. They sailed up the Brazos as far as it was navigable. This was about a mile from present day Richmond at the site of a large bend in the Brazos. There first settlement was a wooden fort built at the bend in the river. They cleverly named it Fort Bend—that is still the name of the county with Richmond as the county seat.
Many of the old families, the Old Three Hundred as they are called, still live in the area and form much of the social elite. Many of the families are quite wealthy and have used their wealth to aid the less fortunate in the county. The George Foundation, the sixth largest in Texas, has donated millions of dollars in support of the county library, the hospital system, parks, and in scholarships for county students. The old George Ranch has become the George Historical Park. It also houses a working observatory with a large telescope and a Challenger Learning Center. It is managed by the Fort Bend Museum. Large numbers of school kids visit the ranch each year for demonstrations of horseback riding, horse shoeing, cattle branding, and other daily activities of Western life.
Richmond had the same mayor for over sixty years until he died recently in his early 90’s. Not to worry though, his wife was appointed to fill his term and is now running for re-election. His campaign slogan had always been, “If you don’t like the way I’m doing things, vote for somebody else.” People rarely did.
One of Richmond’s historic claims to fame was its “red light” district known as Mud Alley, the street immediately adjacent to the railroad tracks that run through the middle of town. These ladies of the night were non-political serving the men of both Sam Houston’s troops and Santa Anna’s army as they came through Richmond on their way to the final battle at San Jacinto that won Texas independence.
Richmond was the home of Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas, and founder of the public schools in Texas, The local school district is the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Jane Long, called the Mother of Texas, was the first white woman to give birth in Texas. She ran a boarding house in Richmond. Both are buried in Morton Cemetery in Richmond. This is also the site of the first Masonic burial west of the Mississippi.
As part of the marketing plan for the Richmond series, Dee Wilbur does tours of sites mentioned in the books for book clubs, ladies’ groups, etc. The tours are free. The only requirement is that one has to have read one of the books. The two hour tours end with a dutch-treat lunch at the Italian Maid Restaurant in downtown Richmond. This is the favorite restaurant of the main characters in the stories.
Why did we choose Richmond? It’s a colorful town with a lot of history, but mainly because Charlie, the Wilbur of Dee Wilbur, lives there.
About the Authors
Beatrice Dee Pipes and Charles Wilbur Yates, Jr. write under the pen name Dee Wilbur, a combination of their middle names. This is their second work of fiction. A Texas native, Dee Pipes grew up in a small Texas town. Her degree from Rice University is a B.A. in English. She currently runs a company that helps other companies with marketing, project management, and other tasks. She has been married to her husband Bryan for thirty years. Also a native Texan, Charles Yates, Jr., was also reared in a small Texas town. He graduated from Rice University in Houston with a B.A. and Ph.D. in Biology. He received the M.D. degree from the University of Texas South-western Medical School in Dallas. He has been married to his wife Sally for forty-five years. They have four adult sons and six grandchildren. He now tends his garden in Richmond, Texas.
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