We have always been fascinated with archaeology and history and how the past and present sometimes intertwine. Each Ardis Cole mystery is a story within a story, one dealing with an intrigue in the present, the other dealing with a mystery, murder, or love triangle from the ancient past. In each instance the past and present coincide. For Ardis Cole, unraveling the past is to unlock the truth of today. Below is a brief summary of each book in the series and location.
Book 1: The Curse of Senmut (Egypt)
Book 2: Unmarked Grave (Scotland)
Ardis travels to
Scotland to do a facial
reconstruction on a skull historian Bruce McBrier believes to be the remains of
Sir William, a medieval ancestor murdered in battle. When Ardis makes the shocking discovery that
the remains are of a more recent murder, with the help of Mark Ridley, she goes
ahead with the facial reconstruction in hopes the victim can be identified. But someone is willing to go to great
lengths to keep the skull’s deadly secret.
Book 3: The Crimson Masquerade (China)
Ardis flies to
China at the request of elderly Dr.
Yong Po, to help him locate a Han dynasty cave tomb believed to contain a
priceless white jade statue. Her
American associate, Grant Merlin, fails to join her. Instead Grant’s ex-wife, Sheri, appears to
take his place on the project, then is attacked on the cliffs by someone
wearing a crimson opera mask. Past meets
the present when a centuries old “crime of passion” is eerily replayed on the
Book 4: Murder andthe Monalet Ruby (USA)
While handling a bequest of pioneer and Sioux artifacts in
Ardis inherits a load of trouble- a stolen
ruby, an heir who has disappeared, and a skeleton in the cellar! Ardis learns that benefactor, Anthony LaMoine,
had a runaway adopted son . “Find the son,” the housekeeper tells her,
“and you’ll find the thief.” But is the
son really the guilty party? And is mysterious writer-historian, Seldon Drake, really the man he claims to be—or an
Book 5: The Destruction of Neva
Grant Merlin summons Ardis to
We find our inspiration by traveling, especially to archeological areas. We personally visit every setting for our novels and do careful research.