ENID, Okla. — Enid native and current Tulsa area mystery writer Mary Coley recently released her fifth novel.
"Blood on the Cimarron: No Motive for Murder," is a mystery set in Payne County, according to a press release.
Coley began writing mysteries full time in 2011, after retiring from work as a science educator and communications officer for the city of Tulsa.
Her first book, "Cobwebs: A Suspense Novel," was published in 2013, and was set in Pawhuska with ties to the Osage Reign of Terror in the 1920s when members of the Osage tribe were killed over oil rights. Since the first book, Coley's released a new book every year. Another of her books, "Ant Dens: A Suspense Novel," was nominated as a finalist in fiction of the Oklahoma Book Awards.
Coley formerly lived in Enid and graduated from Enid High School in 1971. She's also lived in Stillwater, Norman, Oklahoma City and Ponca City before moving to Jenks.
The new book features a Stillwater journalist, Claire Northcutt, who finds a wild mustang rescue ranch owner brutally murdered near the Oklahoma River, the release said. The rancher ws a source of information for the reporter on problems created by wild mustangs and burros on rangelands.
Her nephew, a horse trainer, is booked into jail and is the prime murder suspect, and she must seek "the truth about the rancher and his ranch, while trying not to be over anxious about the stalker she has attracted, one with the same MO as the stalker she killed three years before."
"Why a wild mustang ranch? Our state has several. It’s nice to know that Oklahomans are actively taking part in efforts to save the lives of these beautiful wild animals,” Coley said. “And, why Payne County? My relatives homesteaded in this area, and I’m very familiar with the rugged and historic landscape.”
For more information on Coley and her books, visit www.marycoley.com.