On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery


Sue Hallgarth KPTZ Interview 1/29/13, Port Townsend, WA
Sue Hallgarth KUNM Interview 1/12/13, Women’s Focus with Susan Thom Loubet
Corrales Resident Writes Debut Mystery 1/11/2013, Albuquerque Journal


One of the top ten Titles to Pick Up Now.—recommended in O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2013

“…Cather fans will enjoy the atmosphere, and Hallgarth captures the local color well, providing a look at the eccentric island residents, the small-town politics, and the life of the women’s communities.” –ALA Booklist, February 1, 2013

“…the strength of the book is in Hallgarth’s ability to paint a scene. Her research about Grand Manan, Cather & Lewis, and the time period are obviously top notch.” –WildmooBooks

“This historic, literary mystery is the first of what could be a terrific new series. The setting—on the Canadian island of Grand Manan in 1929—is captivating and the story engaging. On the Rocks is a real treat!”—Rose City Reader.com

“Utterly absorbing, compulsively readable. Hallgarth spins her tale with an artistry that allows us to imagine a time and place as compelling as a dream.”—Kathleen Hill, author of Who Occupies This House, Still Waters in Niger

“What a terrific read. I loved every minute of it, the historical accuracy as well as the carefully-managed plot. —Joan Wallach Scott, author of Gender and the Politics of History, and Women’s Studies on the Edge

“Sue Hallgarth incorporates the spectacular setting of Grand Manan into a mystery set among summer colonies of feminist artists, colorful island types, and suspicious visitors. Cather readers will detect her pronouncements on writing and life, and the island rock itself, a Cather symbol of survival, becomes here a solid contrast to the human foibles that play out on its surface.” —John Murphy, member of Board of Governors, The Willa Cather Foundation

“Cather aficionados will be especially interested in the author’s take on Willa Cather’s personal history. The amiable cottage colony on Grand Manan is lovingly captured in this first book in a sparkling new literary mystery series.” —Nancy Rutland, founder of Bookworks bookstore, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“The writing is terrific. (For the first time in my life, a description of someone yawning caused me to yawn.) On the Rocks is sophisticated and yet has a wonderful innocence. It conveys a convincing sense of the period. The characters are rounded, real. It is funny. It is compelling. It is a good tale, developing at a nice leisurely, detailed pace,but picking up speed as it should.  Nice going.” —Jake Page, author of the Mo Bowdre mystery series

“I enjoyed the fun and energy of On the Rocks!” —Lucia Woods Lindley, member of Board of Governors, The Willa Cather Foundation