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I try to leave out the parts that people skip. -- Elmore Leonard

Background Information

Amanda Brenner is a native Midwesterner who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and who now lives quietly with her husband and an assortment of wildlife visitors to their urban home.  Her interest in writing began at an early age when westerns were popular attractions at the local theater.  It seemed only natural that her first novel, Trail of Vengeance, should be in that genre.  After finishing a second western, Shadow of the Rope, she began to explore a new direction and completed three contemporary mysteries involving private investigator Sid Langdon, a self-doubting magnet for offbeat clients and hapless scenarios, the latest being The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue.  Amanda enjoys learning from the books she reads, a characteristic reflected in the research she includes in her own works.

Birth Place
Milwaukee, WI USA

Finalist in Moonlight Mesa 2010 Cowboy Up Award for short story, A Change of Plan.

Additional Information

Have recently published both Mystery of the Nourdon Blue and a new short story, Temporarily Away, on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Currently working on adding Shadow of the Rope to those venues.

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The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue
Despite rumors of its deadly curse and doubts of the stone’s very existence, Andrew Weberley risks his life and all he holds dear to search the steamy jungles of Guatemala for the fabulous sapphire known as the Nourdon Blue. After months without word from her father, Felicia Weberley hires Sid Langdon to find him. Sid attempts to track the stone, believing it will lead him to Weberley. He encounters the murky world of stolen artifacts when all leads converge on a pawn shop in Seattle’s Chinatown, and a delusional pawnbroker who trades in antiquities while financing a search for the ultimate prize—the Nourdon Blue. The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue is the story of a soul-searing and destructive obsession as it ripples through the lives of those it touches.

Temporarily Away
When a fellow writer's mail is returned marked "temporarily away" and she is unable to reach him, Henrietta Harcourt asks the local sheriff to investigate, and the man's mummified remains are discovered in his remote cabin on the edge of a national forest. After his death is dismissed as natural causes, a suspicious Henrietta prods the sheriff to look at someone with motive, means, and opportunity. When he does, "natural causes" begins to look as unlikely as "temporarily away."

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