SO EXCITED! In just six short weeks, on August 18th, In Plain Sight: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 8 will be released. This one was definitely a labor of love. I fell in love with owls and other raptors when I moved here to the Oregon coast and the next thing I knew, Logan was falling in love with them, too 🙂 Hence her fictional stint as a volunteer at the real-life Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon. At which, of course, she discovers a dead body. . .
I was very fortunate to be generously welcomed for a behind-the-scenes tour of this raptor rescue and rehabilitation center by their wonderful director, Louise Shimmel. Once you have pre-ordered In Plain Sight: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 8 (wink wink) check out their website, Cascades Raptor Center. and if you are ever in Eugene, OR, stop by. It is well worth the visit. I learned all kinds of new things. Who knew that owls are zygodactyl (they can rotate one of their toes back and forth as needed for a better grip on their prey) or that turkey vultures defecate straight down their legs? Also, some owl species mate for life, some just for a season. And peregrine falcons are the fastest animals in the world, clocked at 242 mph when they go into a stoop or dive after prey.
The killer in this book is solitary in many ways, like most raptors, and just like my friend, the owl, well-camouflaged. Hiding in plain sight. . .
P.S. I selected August 18th for the new release date to honor my sister, Michelle Montclaire, who passed away at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. August 18th is her birthday. She was always so supportive of me and my writing. Miss her every day!