The Song of the Bones

Thelma Patterson, Tetumka’s eccentric postmistress and Chantalene Morrell’s surrogate aunt, retains legal services at the office where Chantalene works. The younger man Thelma married thirty years before disappeared soon after the nuptials and now Thelma needs to find him. An oil company wants to lease Thelma’s land for exploration, but the missing man’s name is still on the property and she needs to clear the title. They assume he’s dead—until a handsome cowboy claiming to be the missing husband shows up at her door. Thelma takes him back, but after a few days, she’s convinced the man living in her house is not her husband. Who is he? Only Chantalene is willing to help Thelma learn the truth. And that’s when things get dangerous.

Reviews – Song of the Bones

Winner of the 2004 Mary Higgins Clark Award
and the 2004 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction

“Get to your public library or local book store and get this book. Now…. This is one of the best mysteries I’ve read
in a very long time.” —Mystery News

“… An intriguing, engrossing novel with an engaging main character…. The characters are richly drawn and likable, the sense of place is strong, and the plot adds layers page after page until the exciting climax.” —ForeWord Magazine


Perhaps She’ll Die

Chantalene has terrible nightmares from when she was a child; a dark barn in a wind-swept moonlit field. Her mother is inside, screaming; her father hangs from the rafters for a crime he didn’t commit. Chantalene hides in a field watching as four hooded figures emerge, their faces hidden in shadow. But in the deep recesses of her memory, she knows who they are.

Reviews – Perhaps She’ll Die

Finalist for the Macavity Award, Barry Award & Mary Higgins Clark Award

“This young heroine (she’s just turned 25) is a splendid character, smart and resourceful but also vulnerable and more than a little unsure of herself. Preston smoothly sets up her story so that, by the end of the novel, Chantalene is in a position from which she can solve mysteries on a regular basis. This sparkling debut is recommended for all mystery lovers but especially those who enjoy strong female leads.” —Booklist

“Strongly recommended.” -Library Journal, June 2001