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The Cactus Plot: Murder in the High Desert

Cactus Plot

The Cactus Plot

Author: Vicky Ramakka
ISBN: 9781932926835 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781932926842 (ebook)
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Price: $16.95
Pages: 276

Murders overshadow botanist Millie Whitehall's peaceful summer surveying endangered plants in northwest New Mexico's high desert. New to the southwest, Millie becomes entangled in the conflicting demands of working for the Bureau of Land Management. She confronts a cowboy about to ride his mustang across a rare cactus plot, is helped by an oil and gas field hand, shares tea with a foreign photographer, is courted by a Navajo biologist, and confounded by a member of the old broads for public lands protection. Some of these become allies, one ends up threatening her life. When autopsies reveal that the seemingly unrelated deaths involve plants, Millie uses her skills to discover the culprit.


Jonathan Thompson, environmental journalist and author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster
Vicky Ramakka's page-turner "The Cactus Plot" does an excellent job at capturing the sense of place and people of Northwestern New Mexico, along with the ins and outs of oil and gas development there. I've been covering these issues for decades, and I still learned a few things from the Cactus Plot!
Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of the Chee-Leaphorn-Manuelito series
Writer Vicky Ramakka takes the reader onto isolated BLM land in the Four Corners Country for this debut novel. Besides weaving an intriguing story, she shatters the perception that this country is barren. Millie, the botanist protagonist from the East, rejoices in the variety of plants - even though some species are directly involved in ghastly murders. Filled with interesting likeable characters, this book could be the seed of a new series of mysteries set in our beautiful Southwest.
Elaine Benally, Director, San Juan College West
Vicky is very description in her mention of Navajo places and events, such as the Shiprock Flea Market. You can just imagine the colorful items, the smells in the air and hear the children wandering among shoppers. The Cactus Plot covers the importance of BLM field specialists' surveys and their efforts in saving native plants that could become endangered.


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