Opening DayYoung girls are coming through a quiet Upstate New York fishing village, but they aren't all coming out alive! After a close brush with death as an NYPD homicide detective, Matt Davis takes early retirement, and accepts a position as Chief of Police in Roscoe. While out fishing on his favorite stream, he stumbles across a corpse, barely recognizable as human, killed approximately six months earlier. With no physical evidence, no I.D., and no clues, it's up to Matt to not only find the murderer, but to discover the identity of the victim as well. The big question: Are there others? Opening Day picks up where As the Twig is Bent left off. Opening Day is a 2012 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion award winner.

*It was my wife’s idea to have there be three possible victims in this tale of whodunnit to whom.

Twice Bitten* While in prison, Ron Trentweiler gets “religion” and upon his release founds a small, storefront church in rural Alabama.  Enter Winona Stepp, a visitor at one of his services who wants to know all about "Brother Ron," yet insists upon keeping her past a secret.  Things go smoothly, until she suggests using venomous snakes in their "act” and all hell breaks loose.  Eventually, they make their way into Matt’s backyard and things take a murderous twist.  What secrets are hiding in Winona’s closet?  Is Brother Ron a religious convert or just a con man?  These and other questions confront Chief Davis in Twice Bitten, as Matt once more comes face-to-face with murder in the sleepy village of Roscoe, NY. 

*The idea for this book came from my reading a book entitled Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington, which dealt with a pentecostal snake handling preacher who tried to kill his wife by having her stick her hands in a box of rattlesnakes.

The Matt Davis Mystery Series

As the Twig is Bent*The book that started it all!  Someone is raping and strangling women in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, but, who? The only clues: a distinct signature, a heart carved into each victim’s breast containing the initials “J.C.” and the initials of the deceased; copies of the New Testament – with underlined passages referring to infidelity; and fingerprints of a juvenile arrested in the 1960s in Upstate New York. Assigned to the case is NYPD detective, Matt Davis, hopelessly addicted to fly fishing - and chocolate. A one-quarter Mohawk Indian partner, a scarred Vietnam veteran, and a female detective looking for "true love" complete the cast in this explosive mystery thriller that exposes the sordid underbelly of the world of Internet chat rooms. CAUTION: Contains graphic sexual material that may be inappropriate for some readers.

*The opening scene from this book came about as I sat at my computer and thought about the famous quote: “It was a dark and stormy night.

Broken Promises* When the body of Maggie McFarland, an 86-year old widow, is found among the burned-out rubble of the once-famous Artemis Hotel, residents of Roscoe are shocked. But it’s not the location where Maggie is found, but rather the manner of her demise that has everyone puzzled. Her life was taken by a bullet to the heart, fired from a pistol at close range. Who would possibly want to kill this kind, gentle woman, known throughout the area as one of the best trout fly tiers within a hundred miles of the famed Beaverkill River? That is the mystery that confronts Matt Davis in Broken Promises, one of the most baffling cases of his career. Broken Promises is a 2014 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion award winner.

*The idea for this book came from years of my seeing an old abandoned house that sat on a hillside, just outside the town of Roscoe.

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