Discover New Mexico with author Claire Stibbe

Today, I’m delighted to welcome author Claire Stibbe who will introduce us to New Mexico where her upcoming novel, The 9th Hour, is based. A fascinating area!

Over to Claire…

Researching ideas for my second novel in the Detective Temeke series has been so much fun, especially driving around Albuquerque through all the areas Temeke & Malin would go.

The first book takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico where a nine-year-old African American girl has been abducted. Temeke, a detective working for violent crimes against children, is called out one early December morning to take over a case nobody wants. Why? Because former lead Detective Jack Reynolds was found dead under the bridge on Exit 230 to San Mateo. He had a gunshot wound to his head.

With a new partner, a new case and a new set of wheels, Temeke takes to the roads in search of a man who keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number nine.

National Forest
With so many state parks here in New Mexico, the hiking trails are numerous and great places to soak up the mood and learn about the history of the southwest. Big blue skies, palisade cliffs and all kinds of fauna only add to each scene. With the help of detectives in the local police department, this has been crucial in piecing together the steps of a serial killer.

Slate-grey skies, a sheet of rain one minute and the growl of thunder the next has provided the right mood for my book. I love the characters and the way they lead each chapter to who knows where. And yes, normally I have a structure, only this time it all went out of the window.

It’s David Temeke’s fault. His dry wit always goes for the jugular, rubbing the Duke City Police Department up the wrong way. Unit Commander Hackett is clearly suspicious of Temeke, an African/British ex-pat, and has reluctantly assigned him a new east coast transfer, Malin Santiago. It’s a high profile case where her Hispanic/Norwegian roots are a valuable asset to the team. Can’t say why. You’ll just have to read the book. Only, Temeke believes that Santiago lacks the necessary experience for such a case which is adding a considerable strain to their professional relationship. Not to mention her physical attraction to him which is about as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party.  

I often sit in my favorite coffee shop (when I feel the need for a change of scene), and ask my characters questions. It’s amazing what they come up with. I wrote a scene for Santiago that would change Temeke’s view of her; maybe give him something to chew over. But being despicable Temeke, he wanted to leave things as they are. Unrequited love in the Northwest Area Command is much too much fun to watch. And Malin isn’t all smiles and teeth. There’s a certain metal in her psyche that gets stronger with every book. She might have started out as a pit-dweller, but she’s sure making up for it now.

All this and more in The 9th Hour, soon to be published in November 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing.

About the Author:

Claire is the author of two Egyptian Fiction books, Chasing Pharaohs and The Fowler’s Snare. For more information on Claire Stibbe, please visit:
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  1. Best of luck with the launch of The N

    Best of luck with the launch of The 9th Hour. Enjoyed learning about some of the background and characters of the plot .

  2. Best of luck with the launch of The N

    Best of luck with the launch of The 9th Hour. Enjoyed learning about some of the background and characters of the plot .


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