Margaret Erhart is a river and hiking guide in the Grand Canyon and southern Utah. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and in several anthologies, and her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, and teaches creative writing.
Set against the backdrop of the brooding and sensual canyon, a young woman's heart awakens and a decades-old mystery is solved
When Jane Merkle arrives in the tiny town of Flagstaff, Arizona, with her much older husband on a summer day in 1951, she hasn't any idea that her life is about to change forever. After all, one of Jane's favorite sayings is "When in Rome, remember that you're from St . Louis." But over a summer spent with her sister-in-law, Dotty, and Dotty's lepidopterist husband, Oliver, in a village perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon, Jane discovers her latent ability with a butterfly net and her attraction to a handsome young ranger. Meanwhile, an unidentified skeleton is found on the premises of one of the village's most cantankerous citizens. With the help-and hindrance-of a colorful cast of historical characters, including an eccentric botanist who moonlights as an amateur sleuth, the murder mystery that has haunted the town for years is solved.
In her latest novel, set in the quintessential landscape of the Southwest, Margaret Erhart weaves history, science, and an intimate knowledge of the human heart to tell a fast-paced tale.