painting by Jean Mannheim , C. 1920
California Coast Road mysteries play out along Coast Highway 1, that thin black ribbon unwinding along the continents edge, its characters fleeing memory and danger in a landscape that hides and then betrays them. Jake Martin, artist and part-time detective pursues both hunter and prey from his studio in Laguna through the small beach towns, that hoard their own secrets. On the California coast the wealth is in the land and it is this for which Ward’s characters scheme and murder. The past – art colonies, the once great ranchos spread across the inland valleys and coastal mountains – beget vengeance and murder. Exposed and vulnerable, ghost and killer flee ahead of Jake, north along the Big Sur where the narrow road clings precariously to the Santa Inez mountains as they plunge a thousand feet into a wild and unforgiving sea.
COAST ROAD MYSTERY SERIES
DEATH IN A CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE
A NICE LITTLE BEACH TOWN
COAST HIGHWAY 1
THE LAGUNA CONTRACTS
ALSO BY ELIZABETH C. WARD