House Edge by Paty Jager – Why I Write Mystery Guest Post + Giveaway

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House Edge: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
by Paty Jager

About House Edge

House Edge: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
Murder Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Windtree Press (February 18, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195763801X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1957638010
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QXZF12Z

Zealous Environmentalists
Greedy Power Companies
…and a body


A bitter dispute over the breaching of dams in Idaho sparks emotions at a summit held at the Spotted Pony Casino. When the keynote speaker is murdered, Dela Alvaro, head of security, teams up again with FBI Special Agent Quinn Pierce.


The suspects are many since it appears the victim was playing both sides of the controversial environmental issue. Did someone take advantage of a marital dispute… witnessed by a crowd of casino spectators? Or did an angry wife murder her husband?


Book 2 in the Spotted Pony Casino Mysteries has Dela Alvaro not only trying to keep her job by discovering the killer before word spreads about the murder, but she also has to deal with FBI Special Agent Quinn Peirce butting heads with her high school sweetheart who has returned to the reservation as a tribal policeman.

Why I Write Mystery by Paty Jager

I have loved reading mysteries since I was a child. My mom purchased the whole set of Nancy Drew books for me and the Hardy Boys for my brothers. I read both sets the summer we received them when I was in the 6th grade.

As a teenager, I enjoyed Gothic romances. They were always set in another country and there was as much mystery, and sometimes more than the romance. When I’d read all the Gothic romances the school library had, I started reading the mystery books. Agatha Christie, Dick Francis. I can’t think of others at the moment. I continued reading mysteries as a young wife and mother.

Then I decided to try my hand at writing a mystery after reading several of Sue Grafton’s first alphabet books. I had always been a writer, from a young age, and I loved Sue Grafton’s take-charge female character.

It was while I was folding clothes and watching a daytime talk show that I came up with a legitimate way for my character, a freelance photographer and mother of two, to become a sleuth. There was a woman on the show who had needed a private investigator but couldn’t afford one. She did her own sleuthing, learning as she went and asking questions of people who were investigators. After all the learning and having good results, she ended up writing the book, How to be Your Own Private Investigator. The next time I went to the town closest to us that had a bookstore, I purchased the book.

When my character got the call from her ex-husband he was being framed for murder, she remembered seeing the same show I did, purchased the book, and used it and a neighbor with computer skills to help her get her husband out of the murder charge. The two books I wrote with that character were fun because I also used a woman who had given my family problems as the murder victim. Yes, very satisfying!

However, I couldn’t get anyone to help me discover if I wrote well enough to become published and soon fell in with the Romance Writers of America and began writing romance books. But finally, ten years after my first romance book was published, I decided to get back to writing what I really loved. That is how I came to write the Shandra Higheagle mystery series which has ended with 16 books in the series. And I am now writing the Gabriel Hawke novels with Native American Game Warden Gabriel Hawke as the main sleuth in that series, and Dela Alvaro, my disabled female veteran character in the Spotted Pony Casino mysteries.

Writing mysteries makes me happy. Happier than when I was writing romance. Which seems funny considering how a romance is all about happy endings. But I thrive on bringing justice to my characters. Through a murder mystery, I can enlighten people about atrocities that are happening and at the same time give my characters and readers justice by apprehending the criminals.

If you’ve read many of my books, romance or mystery, you’ll soon see the theme of nearly all of them is justice. Showing injustices and having my books end with justice is what keeps me tapping the keyboard and dreaming up stories.

About Paty Jager

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 53 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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  1. Enjoyed reading author’s guest post. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “House Edge” by Paty Jager which is on my TBR list. Great cover!

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