With the smoke and the fire and the stars at night

Up again in the morning bright

With nothing but road and sky in sight

And nothing to do but go...

—old hobo poem

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Paradox Cafe

If you've ever been to Paradox, Colorado, you may be reminded a bit of Moab, Utah. Both towns (if you can call tiny Paradox a town) are in a valley that's the result of a collapsed salt dome—in fact, it's the same valley, although the La Sal Mountains rose later, cutting the valley in half. But both are surrounded by beautiful redrock cliffs, although Paradox is much more remote.

I haven't been posting lately because I've been finishing my latest in the Bud Shumway mystery series, The Paradox Cafe. It's another fun mystery where ex-sheriff Bud, who's now a melon farmer in Green River, Utah, is called by his uncle Junior to help figure out what's going on. If you've read any of my mysteries, you'll know there's no blood or gore and it's mostly just fun. Here's the book's blurb:

Rancher Mack Murphy has been buying up land in southwest Colorado, threatening those who won’t sell, including Junior, the uncle of ex-sheriff Bud Shumway. Bud agrees to visit his uncle to help defuse things, never suspecting he would get caught right smack in the middle of Mack’s murder. And it becomes the toughest case Bud’s ever had to solve, as almost  everyone is a suspect.
Set in the Paradox Valley, a beautiful and remote area with a wooly Wild West history, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering when the mysterious Wild Man will strike again. Add in some fake Ute Indian burials, a new-age addiction counsellor, Bud’s bumbling deputy Howie, a wealthy restauranteer with a penchant for railroads, Mack’s missing wife, Junior’s longing to return to his hobo ways, and two young gold prospectors who are always just one step ahead of the law, and there’s never a dull moment.
This is the third book in the Bud Shumway Mystery Series. You’ll also enjoy the first, “The Ghost Rock Cafe.” and the second, “The Slickrock Cafe.”

The book's now available in paperback from Amazon and the Kindle edition should be up in a day or two. In the meantime, I've started a new book, so my posting may be sporadic. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.


  1. Paradox is one of the last remaining, truly unspoiled places in the southwest. It's salvation lies in it's remoteness, hours from a supermarket, Wallmart, or Mall. It's red cliffed basin frames crops and hayfields... and a sleepy little town where everybody knows your name.
    I will pick up your series... the kindle versions.
    Good Luck,

  2. Well, don't know how I did it again but just realized I missed your latest post last Monday. I like the sounds of that little Paradox town. I would probably fit right in there. I think that's great you are keeping up your book writing.

    1. Thanks, Al. Havne't been posted much lately - seems like my keyboard needs a wee rest. :)

  3. Dear Chinle- I have stories to tell you...enjoyed book #1, and 1/2 way thru #2. Spending a few days at the lake before Silverton. Keep up the awesome writing...I'm ordering #3 as soon as I can. Kathy with a K!

    1. Thanks! Glad you're enjoying the books - hope to meet up soon.