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April 11, 2014


Marja McGraw

Lesley, The desert really is a mysterious place. I'm glad to hear your husband used it. One of these days I may use the hidden Pass. Fun stuff.

Lesley A. diehl

When I lived in the southwest I found the remains of early native culture there fascinating and, like you, I believe it is the perfect setting for a mystery, yet I've never used the setting although my husband did in his first book.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Elise. Most of my books take place in Los Angeles, but even fictional characters travel from time to time. And mysteries an pop up anywhere.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Pat! You never know what you'll find when you travel through this state. Fun place to visit.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Melodie! February is the time to find a "mellow" winter month. This winter in particular, I was glad I was in Arizona.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Amy. I mentioned in an earlier reply that the desert is a unique place. Don't plan on visiting the state in July or August. LOL That is, unless you love the heat!

Elise M. Stone

I love Arizona! Since I spent most of my life in the Northeast, close to the ocean, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about living in Tucson. But, as you point out, the desert has its own charms.

There are several great Arizona mystery writers, including Elizabeth Gunn and Susan Cummins Miller. I hadn't heard of you before, but I've added you to my To-Read list. Your books sound fascinating.

Pat Hernandez

I love Arizona and have traveled all over the state. You are so right that it provides plenty of background for a mystery. Great blog, Marja!

Melodie Campbell

Love this post, Marja! You make Arizona come alive here and in your books. And I know what I'm talking about - we've been going to Arizona in Feb for 15 years.


Hi, Marja,

Nice to see you on this blog! Great post. I would love to visit Arizona someday. I'm not sure I want to be there when it's 128 degrees, though. I love the idea of being able to find ghost towns (real or imagined), parts of the Native American past and present, and unspoiled miles of the American west. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world with us.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Susan. The desert is a unique place. I had no idea what I was in for when we moved to Arizona, but I've loved every moment of it.

Susan Oleksiw

My husband and I lived briefly in Tucson way back when, and I had an opportunity to visit the city last year. I couldn't get over the changes, but much of the city as I remembered it is still there. It's a beautiful area and I loved exploring it. I'll have to pick up some of your mysteries and enjoy it from a distance.

Marja McGraw

Thank you for having me as a guest, Dac. I love your blogs and I'm honored to be here.

Marja McGraw

Thank you, Marilyn. One of these days I want to visit Sedona. I've heard it's beautiful.

Marja McGraw

Pat, Thank you so much! I wish I could bottle your comments and pass them out. :)

Patricia Gligor

Marja, the first book of yours that I read was "Old Murders Never Die," which, as you mentioned, takes place in a fictional ghost town in the Arizona mountains. I loved the book and I've since read every one in your Sandi Webster Mystery series, including the most recent "Death Comes in Threes." Fantastic series!

Marilyn Meredith

Arizon has many great places--I love Prescott and Sedona, both beautiful. Good post, Marja.

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