Joan Klengler emailed me the other day after reading about the latest effort to brand the Delta. Turns out Klengler, who lives in the L.A. area, is the author of a series of novels called the “The Delta Mysteries,” which uses the estuary as a backdrop for all sorts of nefarious plots.
“Hopefully I have done my best to promote it (the Delta) as a beautiful and magical place to visit,” Klengler told me.
In return, I’ll promote Klengler. Here’s the Amazon description of the first book in the series (“In the Delta”):
A girl named Angel and the boy she loves vanish from a dark and lonely place called Lost Slough. Their disappearance attracts little attention when it’s assumed they’ve simply moved on.
But for Angel’s friend, LAPD Officer Jessie, a 4-month old Missing Persons Poster turns a houseboat vacation in the California Delta into a desperate search for the couple or their killer – a search that leads Jessie to the Chinese community of Locke and a bar called Al’s Place where she meets the Lakota, Nick Red Cloud. Their erotic attraction for each other catches fire in a heartbeat and grows in intensity as they explore the Delta together by boat and on horseback.
While Nick and Jessie’s love for each other grows stronger, Angel’s story plays out in flashbacks… Until, at last, Jessie discovers the terrible truth of what really happened on the banks of Lost Slough.
Two more covers from the series: