Tuesday, January 22, 2019



The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength…

And also his biggest weakness.

Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers.

However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar.

He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter.

Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?

Book Details

Title: Murder of Ravens

Author: Paty Jager

Genre: Mystery

Series: Gabriel Hawke book 1

Publisher: Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)

Print length: 302 pages

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I don’t even like to write up my police reports, so writing up this blog post is going to be a stretch for me. My name is Hawke. Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke to be exact. But I prefer to be called Hawke.

I’m proud of my Nez Perce and Cayuse heritage, but just as proud to have lived through my years on the reservation and now help conserve the land and animals of an area that was once my ancestors’ summer and winter homes.

I was married once. I was young and na├»ve to believe a woman could understand there are times my job comes before anything else. I’m sure there are few officers who have to arrest their brother-in-laws, but when he was caught with drugs, it was my duty to arrest him. The next day my wife was gone and a week later I received divorce papers. That taught me my job means more to me than a woman.

My job in Wallowa County is always interesting. Being a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper in this county means I not only do my Fish and Wildlife duties, checking hunting and fishing tags and violations, I also work as a State Trooper, giving traffic violations, drug busts, marital disputes, breaking up fights, you name it, anything a law enforcement officer does, we do along with the game side of things. And we do all of this in 5200 square miles. Mostly unpaved roads.

Because I’m single, I get to spend the most time up in the Wallowa Whitman Wilderness. Just me, my horse, Jack, my mule, Horse, and my dog, Dog. You’ll discover, I’m not much for names. I also have a young horse named Boy.

I live in a two room apartment over an indoor riding arena. I rent the room and a paddock for my horses from a couple in their sixties. The Trembleys are good people. Darlene gives riding lessons and stables horses while Herb takes care of their hundred acre farm.  The only problem with renting from them is they believe it is their duty to know everything about me and what I’m doing. But they are a great source for rumors in the county, which helps me when I’m solving crimes.

That’s the basics of who I am and where I come from. If you want to learn more, you’ll have to read about the situations my author puts me in to see how I respond. The first book releasing this month is Murder of Ravens. In this book, I discover a man in the mountains who has been strangled with a wolf tracking collar. Book 2, Mouse Trail Ends, releasing February 20th, I have to track a young girl who is running from the man who killed her parents. Book 3, Rattlesnake Brother, releasing March 20th, I believe the District Attorney has murdered a man.


Paty Jager
is an award-winning author of 35 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. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.

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