"Del Monte's tale of murder in the Sacramento Delta is expertly woven, naturally blending humor, intrigue, and suspense into a classic page-turner. The author does an excellent job detailing the lush history of the area and introduces a colorful host of eccentric characters that breathe life into this already smart mystery. Laced with subtle indictments on local ethnic inequities, Del Monte's Mud Blood - Murder in the Sacramento Delta is ultimately a satisfying and thought-provoking read."

"Masterfully Written! I kept returning to the book cover to make sure it read 'novel.'  Joan's rich, unmistakable literary voice leaps from every character, every scene, and every page. You will swear you know these people. And what a heroine!"

Gene Cartwright, Author

 "A galloping good read, filled with the savvy street smarts of this quirky and unpredicable heroing."

American Rig Radio

"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus" ~ Mark Twain



A film company rips off a small redwoods town after offering residents big checks and the sweet possibility of parts in a TV pilot. When the checks bounce, the town is told there’s nothing it can do. But then, in the coastal redwoods, and in southern California’s affluhip Venice and Beverly Hills, the residents go on a dogged hunt for unthinkable and truly wickd revenge. Del Monte’s descriptions of this small town riven by petty jealousies have a stunning intuitive quality. And she has perfect pitch for the resentments and backbiting.