On the Rocks

A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery

ON THE ROCKS is the first title of a smart new literary mystery series by Corrales, New Mexico author Sue Hallgarth. The year is 1929 and Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Willa Cather and her partner Edith Lewis are summering on Grand Manan, an island in the Bay of Fundy. In their cottage’s sparsely-furnished attic room, Cather is at work writing Shadows on the Rock, her tenth novel. Edith is painting watercolors from the cliffs two hundred feet above the rising tides of Whale Cove. Out of the corner of her eye, Edith sees a body plunge from the edge of a cliff to the rocks below…. Solving the mystery, first-time novelist Sue Hallgarth’s intimate view of village politics and the goings-on of two women’s communities long lost to history is also a suspenseful and surprising crime novel. Hallgarth draws the reader into a unique retreat and an inside glimpse of the lives of a great American novelist and her talented life partner.

Sue Hallgarth is a Willa Cather and Edith Lewis scholar. She lives in Corrales, New   Mexico with her partner of 25 years. Her second book, the sequel Death Comes, will be published October 1, 2017.  More…

Willa Cather is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist, author of over 20 novels, short story and essay collections.  More…

Edith Lewis was Willa Cather’s professional colleague, devoted friend, and life partner for nearly 45 years.  More…