This image is the cover for the book Emerald Ridge, The Max Blake Mysteries

Emerald Ridge, The Max Blake Mysteries

A detective hunts for a missing archbishop in Northern Ireland who may a victim of violence—or an instigator of it . . .

Oregon detective and former muckraking journalist Max Blake’s discovery of a long-dreaded postcard from Ireland in his mailbox is the catalyst that touches off a cross-continent search for his fiancée’s favorite uncle. The Rev. Sean “Jack” O’Lennox, the archbishop of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is missing, and the postcard—a pre-arranged signal—is his apparent cry for help.

Max is prepared to do everything in his considerable power to help Caeli Brown, his longtime partner in the Blake & Brown Detective Agency and soon-to-be wife. But she slips off to Ireland without him, and he is left with a double quandary: finding Caeli, and then determining the fate of the archbishop, a complicated man who believes that British-held Ulster should be returned to the Irish Republic by any means necessary . . .

William Florence

William Florence is the author of the Max Blake Mysteries series, which currently features: Raptor’s Ridge, Misery Ridge, Faraway Ridge, Snowfall Ridge, and Emerald Ridge, and Melia Ridge. A former reporter, editor, and college professor, he worked at newspapers in Michigan, Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Indiana, and Oregon for 25 years and for 22 years as a journalism and writing instructor at a community college.

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