The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1

The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1

by Susan Slater

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Native American psychologist Ben Pecos has returned to the New Mexico pueblo of his birth as an intern with the Indian Health Service. Still struggling with the demons of his past, he is plunged into the nightmare rampage of a mysterious illness that is killing the residents of the pueblo, including his own grandmother.

One of the victims, the powerful tribal governor, had made powerful enemies, and Ben suspects his murder was premeditated—but that doesn't explain the insidious killer now stalking the innocent. Undaunted, Ben digs deep into the motives of power and greed to root out a killer whose deadly agenda is spiraling out of control.

Newly edited first e-book edition.

Praise for The Pumpkin Seed Massacre:
“… a gripping novel.” –Tony Hillerman

“This is a wonderful book with loveable heroes.” –Library Journal

“… Ben Pecos—raised far from New Mexico’s Tewa Pueblo—could become as lasting a fictional presence as Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.” – Chicago Tribune

“Solid characters, fascinating atmosphere, and authentic setting—The Pumpkin Seed Massacre is a book you will enjoy. Ben Pecos is a star in the detective firmament. I predict a big future for Susan Slater.” – Barbara D’Amato

“Slater’s first novel holds the reader’s interest with its brisk pace, well-rendered New Mexico landscape and challenging plot … [T]his promising first novel heralds a series to watch.” –Booklist

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155081005
Publisher: Columbine Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,303
File size: 389 KB

About the Author

Kansas native Susan Slater lived in New Mexico for thirty-nine years and uses this enchanting Southwest setting for most of her mystery novels. Her Ben Pecos series reflects her extensive knowledge of the area and Native American tribal ways. As an educator, she directed the Six Sandoval Teacher Education Program for the All Indian Pueblo Council through the University of New Mexico. She taught creative writing for UNM and the University of Phoenix. The first in this highly acclaimed series, The Pumpkin Seed Massacre, reached Germany’s bestseller list shortly after its initial publication as a German translation. Original print versions of the first three titles were outstandingly reviewed in nationwide major media. In July, 2009, Susan made her first foray into women’s fiction with 0 to 60, a zany, all too true-to-life story of a woman dumped, and the book was immediately optioned by Hollywood. Late 2017 and 2018 brings a new era to Susan’s storytelling. Secret Staircase Books is releasing newly edited versions of her entire Ben Pecos series in paperback, and brings the series to a whole new set of readers for the first time in all e-book formats. Now residing in Florida with her menagerie of dogs and canaries, Susan writes full time and stays busy in community theatre and other volunteer projects. Contact her by email:

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The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A very satisfying read. Ben Pecos introduces us to the pueblo he was adopted out of as a child, and does not completely understand, just as a deadly "disease" strikes down the elderly. The "how", "what" and "why" behind it all takes you through many twists and turns. The characters are well fleshed out and distinct. I did not want to leave until I reached the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a of Tony Hilerman and thought no one else could compare but this author has knocked it out if the ballpark....GREAT! Kept me riveted all the way..could not put it down...a real page turner.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very good story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was an interesting mystery. The customs and behhavior of the tribal people were interesting. Enjoyed.
Anonymous 3 days ago
great charscterd, well written.
Anonymous 11 days ago
An afternoon spent reading an interesting read filled with lore and twist.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Anonymous 18 days ago
Set in a background that is totally different than most murder mysteries. You know the weapon and may guess the motive. By the end you'll be rooting for the bad guys to get their comeuppance. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. (I wish they were available as a book bundle.)
Anonymous 20 days ago
It was unlike anything I have read. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous 21 days ago
I enjoyed this story and the characters.
Anonymous 25 days ago
just enough science combined with mystery to make for a good story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a good story with intricate subplots. Once you made all the connections. It became better.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Looking forward to the next Ben Pecos mystery!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Liked the story but it was drug out with things that didn't really contribute to the story or the characters.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A very fun mystery. This book bought back great memories of living in New Mexico! I like it a lot!