I’ve never met the man, but he’s become a good friend and I would like to introduce my friends to him. He has a distinguished name, one you won’t easily forget. Caleb Pirtle III was once a newspaperman, winning both the Texas Associated Press and Headliner’s Awards. Caleb also served as editorial director for Dockery House Publishing in Dallas, Texas for twenty-five years where he developed and produced magazines and books for the corporate and retail marketplace.
Caleb wrote three teleplays: Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, a mini-series for CBS, Wildcat: The Story of Sarah Delaney and the Doodlebug Man, a CBS made-for-television movie, and The Texas Rangers, a TV movie for TNT television. As if that weren’t enough, he has also penned over seventy-five books. I stand in awe. I’ve poured sweat and tears into five novels. I can’t imagine seventy-five books! I’d like to share one of my favorite Caleb Pirtle novels with you.
In Back Side of a Blue Moon, Caleb Pirtle makes you sweat in the scorching sun and choke on the dust that fills your nostrils and clogs your throat. Ashland, Texas is dying as one family after another abandon their home and move away to find a better life somewhere else. Eudora Durant is dying too-not from disease but from the slow drip, drip of a miserable marriage to a cheating, no-good, alcoholic, S.O.B. named Washburn Durant. Under cover of night, fast-talking, good-looking Doc Banister sneaks into Ashland to conjure up a scheme to bamboozle local folks into believing their farms have oil bubbling beneath their land. The heat is relentless, and so is the fire burning between Doc and Eudora. She knows he’s a con man, but she can’t stop thinking about the dandy with the doodlebug and his silver tongue. Back Side of a Blue Moon is a story of hope, redemption, and miracles. If you’re looking for a good read, here’s the link. https://www.amazon.com/Back-Side-Blue-Moon-Boom-ebook/dp/B071XN6FY6/
Caleb’s not the only literary star in the family. His wife Linda Pirtle is an accomplished novelist as well. A former high school English teacher, Linda admits loving the cozy mystery style of Agatha Christie and decided to try her hand at writing a series of her own cozy mysteries– The Games We Play — where evil people destroy an innocent fun game. The first novel, The Mah Jongg Murders, is located in the gated community of Leisure Lake, Texas. Resident Lillian Prestridge is passionate about her hubby, her dog, Mah Jongg, and riddles. The biggest puzzle Lillian has to solve is to find the person who is murdering her friends and neighbors.
Linda has written two sequels, Deadly Dominoes, and Tarot Terrors. Linda Pirtle is stacking up awards like her celebrated husband, Caleb. She has been nominated as Top Female Author 2017; Author of the Month, KC Books and Music; selected as a Readers Favorite for Deadly Dominoes. She also won 2018 Best in Texas Award in the cozy mystery category for Deadly Dominoes.
Put your feet up, snuggle beneath a quilt and enjoy Linda’s trio of cozy mysteries.