In JR Ripley’s light-hearted mystery, Beignets, Brides and Bodies, set in small-town Arizona, café owner Maggie Miller’s offer to help out the bridal shop owners next door leads to a case of cold-blooded murder. The last thing she was expecting was to discover a dead body buried beneath a wedding cake…
Here, author J.R. Ripley sheds some light on vortexes in Arizona.
Sedona, Arizona has a strong metaphysical connection and community. The area is considered to be home to many natural red rock vortexes, anywhere from 4 to 20, depending on who’s doing the counting. Vortexes are masses of energy that affect all who come within range of them. People come from the world over to see and experience these vortexes for themselves. Several of the more famous are Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock. Some claim that there is a giant crystal buried deep within Bell Rock and that, one day, Bell Rock will open to reveal an alien spacecraft. It is also believed that these vortexes can be used to travel to alternate dimensions if you open yourself up to them, in addition to their powers to rejuvenate the mind and body. Of course, even if you don’t believe in aliens, alternate universes and mind-altering vortexes, the natural beauty of Northern Arizona make it worth the visit.
J.R. Ripley is the author of the Tony Kozol mystery series and other novels. He has penned novels in various categories including literary, popular fiction, mystery and crime novels, YA and children’s books. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel.
Praise for J.R. Ripley:
In Maggie, Ripley has created a quirky, vulnerable protagonist with a wicked wit. Those who like their mysteries … delivered with a smile will thoroughly enjoy this little gem” Booklist on Buried in Beignets
“Fun, farcical … Recipes and tips add seasoning to Ripley’s appealing mix of quirky characters and slapstick humor” Publishers Weekly on Buried in Beignets
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