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The Pearl Plot
The Pearl Plot

The Pearl Plot

Murder at the Old Homestead



352 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: July 2023

ISBN 9781951122621

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (Jul 2023)


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Two murders, a century apart, a pearl in a pack rat’s nest, and rumors of a lost silver cross create modern problems for Millie Whitehall.

Botanist Millie Whitehall and Archeologist Lydia Hamilton are making good progress surveying an old homestead until they discover the body of a missing university professor in the root cellar. Millie soon learns why the homestead was abandoned shortly after it was built; another horrific murder occurred inside the cabin in 1913. The discovery of a pearl and the rumors of a lost silver cross stir up memories best left forgotten. An old man's dying story leads Millie to uncover the link between the two murders. But when the site is vandalized it jeopardizes the property from being declared a National Historic Site. Millie is determined to complete the survey, even though the professor's murderer could still be around and her own life endangered.


“Writer Vicky Ramakka takes the reader onto isolated BLM land in the Four Corners Country for this debut novel…she shatters the perception that this country is barren…Filled with interesting likeable characters, this book could be the seed of a new series of mysteries set in our beautiful Southwest.” —Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of the Chee-Leaphorn-Manuelito series, about The Cactus Plot

"In this gripping tale of love and death in the remote badlands of northern New Mexico, Vicky Ramakka captures the magic of the desert Southwest’s plants, animals, and unpredictable weather." —Scott Graham, National Outdoor Book Award-winner and author of Saguaro Sanction, Book 8 in the National Park Mystery Series.

"I thoroughly enjoyed The Pearl Plot. The story combines knowledge of the Four Corners and all its cultures with suspense and a compelling murder mystery." —Cindy Yurth, retired Navajo Times Assistant Editor and Reporter.

"The Pearl Plot is intriguing and informative . . . It’s a story that sparks inquisitive minds and reflects the complexity of public land issues. It was hard to put down." —Kristie Arrington, retired BLM Colorado State Office & San Juan Field Office.

Author Biography

Vicky Ramakka writes about the Four Corners region, where she meets fascinating people who are willing to share their stories. Through photography and writing, she shares her love of the southwest in local, regional, and national magazines. Her articles have won awards from the New Mexico Press Women and SouthWest Writers. Vicky and her husband reside in northwest New Mexico. She volunteers as a Site Steward to monitor a Rock Art site and enjoys every trip to the remote canyons and archaeological sites.