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Thriller Thursday: Murder in the Sierras

I’m excited to welcome fellow mystery author Kirsten Weiss to the blog today! She’s got a great character to talk about – her metaphysical detective. Even better, she’s got a monster story to share. Did you know Lake Tahoe had its own monster? Let Kirsten tell you all about it!

Murder in the Sierras

No, it’s not the name of my book, though it would be an awfully good one. But there’s something about a lonely mountaintop, a sky unblemished by city lights, and the elemental forces of snow and cold that make for a great thriller.

Too bad Riga Hayworth, my fictional metaphysical detective, is determinedly planted before a fire, glass of Zinfandel in hand. The wind may howl outside, the snow may fall in a soft curtain, but she’d much rather experience it all from behind a window.

Still, there’s plenty of trouble for a metaphysical detective in Lake Tahoe. Killers, lake monsters, and even a haunt or two. Because while crime does happen on a depressingly regular basis in and about the Tahoe casinos, and while wayward tourists and drunks may freeze to death in the silent forests, there’s just something otherworldly about the Sierras.

There’s more.

Even if you don’t believe in the supernatural, high in the mountains the natural is so super that it takes you out of yourself. A branch becomes a bear. A ripple in the water becomes a lake monster.

And yes, Tahoe has its very own lake monster, Tahoe Tessie.

Now don’t laugh – Lake Tahoe make an excellent home for a monster. Around the world, lake monsters tend to be spotted in the same “types” of lakes. Lakes that are unnaturally deep. Lakes that have currents and eddies and ripples. Lakes with mysterious cave systems. Lake Tahoe has all of that.

And it’s mysterious.

Night in the Sierras casts a heavy veil.  Without the sheen of city lights to pale the sky, the caliber of blackness is ripe for wonder. True darkness descends, splintered only by the light of the moon trailing across the lake’s waters and blazing stars.

Our greatest myths, our collective unconscious, are recorded in those stars.  We’ve imprinted heroes such as Orion, our nightmares, and our fantasies into constellations.  And though we may no longer believe gods literally dwell in the heavens, the expanse of space is the nearest analogy our human minds can correlate to the infinite.

It’s mind bending. It’s haunting. It’s a little frightening. No wonder travelers begin to “see” more than they expect when they spend time there.

Check out the very cool YouTube video for Kirsten’s upcoming book, The Infernal Detective.

About the author:

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy,The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, and The Shamanic DetectiveThe fourth book in the series, The Infernal Detective, will be available on Amazon May 21st.

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone.  Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

2 comments on… “Thriller Thursday: Murder in the Sierras”

  1. Wow, Kirsten! This post is downright poetic. I really enjoyed your book about Tahoe Tessie. It made the hair stand up on my neck!! Can’t wait to read the new adventure.

  2. More to add to the list of future reads. This simply sparks the interest! Thank you Stacy for bringing another author into the spotlight.

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