Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Superstition Case Dosier: Clancy Tavares

 Suspect 2

Claridade "Clancy" Tavares

Home: Apache Junction, AZ

Occupation: Rancher for Ray Peralta

Mode of Transportation: Horse, Rides with Ray Peralta

Distinguishing Features: Black, brown eyes, black hair, brown eyes. 

Known associates: Ray Peralta- Friend and Ranch Owner. Jim Holmes-Friend, Blacksmith, and married to Ray's Cousin. Felicity Holmes-Ray's Cousin and neighbor. Doug Holmes-Friend, blacksmith. Tiffany Holmes-Friend, married to Doug Holmes. Larry Fitzgibbons-Maricopa County Detective assigned to the Superstition Wilderness Area. Bubs Richardson-prospector, claim in an undisclosed location. Old Ann-surname unknown. Desert hermit.

Clancy Tavares has an unknown history previous to his immigration to the US from Brazil in 2006. He is an avid reader and always has a Greco-Roman classic nearby. The only thing for certain is that the locals consider him the best horseman in the area that is not a veterinarian. It is not uncommon to find horses that belong to neighbors quartered at the Peralta ranch during medical recovery. His primary source of income is catching wild horses, taming them, and then selling them back to the state.


According to the locals Clancy is the best shot in the area. With ethical hunting trophies from great distances.  Always consider Clancy to be heavily armed at all times.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Superstition Case Dossier: Ray Peralta


Suspect 1


Ramon "Ray" Peralta

Home: Apache Junction, AZ

Occupations: Director/Curator of the Superstition Mountain Museum. Ranch owner.

Mode of Transportation: Toyota Tundra 


Distinguishing Features: Brown eyes, red facial hair, brown hair, brown eyes. Missing left ear and a Van Dyke goatee.


Known associates: Claridade Tavares-Friend and Ranch Hand. Jim Holmes-Friend, Blacksmith, and married to Ray's Cousin. Felicity Holmes-Ray's Cousin and neighbor. Doug Holmes-Ray's former best friend, blacksmith. Tiffany Holmes-Ray's high school sweetheart, married to Doug Holmes. Larry Fitzgibbons-Maricopa County Detective assigned to the Superstition Wilderness Area. Beth Gutierrez-desk attendant at the museum. Bubs Richardson-prospector, claim in an undisclosed location. Old Ann-surname unknown. Desert hermit.

Ramon "Ray" Peralta has no connection to the Peraltas of the Dutchman fame but don't let that fool you. Ray could forget more things about the Superstition Mountain Wilderness that other people will ever learn. He is seemingly always in the right place and the right time when it comes to the crimes and murders committed in search of Dutchman Gold. His past as a twice deployed Marine Corps Reservists and his time spent in the desert makes him formidable with weapons, hand to hand fighting, and desert navigation. Ray always carries a handgun and has little trust for strangers.

If attempting to apprehend be cognizant of his many connections in the area. Not only could he disappear in the desert but he could call on his many friends and even enemies to help hide.

Ray is self-deprecating and, but don't let that fool you. He is clever and has solved his share of crimes even cashing in on county rewards.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Cost of Secrets

 The Cost of Secrets

Available June 4, 2021


Museum curator Ray Peralta knows that at the best of times, the Superstition Mountain Museum is a magnet for treasure hunters chasing the legendary Lost Dutchman's Mine. But this winter, his small desert town on the outskirts of Phoenix worries him as the visitors clear out and the vigilantes move in. Generally, the Sons of Liberty roll into the Phoenix Valley for a week each winter with their souped-up vehicles and dirt bikes to conduct desert drill and wreak havoc on the town before they leave. But this year, there is an undeniable tension in the air, and within days of the group's arrival, instead of the usual trail of destruction, they leave a wake of death.

There are secrets lurking in the Superstition Mountains not related to any treasure. Countless people have lost their lives in that sweltering desert, and it isn't the heat that has taken them. How did they die? That's the real mystery. And in the midst of the riddle stands Ray, a man who swore an oath of secrecy-and he'll die before he breaks it.

"The Cost of Secrets is full of suspense and twists that will keep you turning pages well into the night."   --Best-selling author Clair Poulson



Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Fattest Mormon





Phil Carrol, banished from his old life, wanders across the country in his Winnebago looking for prize money, and any competition will do. When he learns about an $8,000 prize for a weight-loss competition in the mostly Mormon small towns of Taylor and Snowflake, Arizona, he drive across the country binge-eating zingers and pizza to get ready to lose as much weight as possible.

This hustle could be it. He could finally come up with enough money to send himself to Japan to study his first love, Jiu-Jitsu, and lift his banishment from the sport. But, when he parks his Winnebago on the driveway of an old friend, his whole world is threatened by a narcissistic trainer, the best weight loss hustler in the country, and the 12th place crossfitting ex-husband of his beautiful personal trainer.