Preston Holtry

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As a reader, I like historical fiction because it takes me to a time and place where people and circumstances engage my imagination.  For the past 14 years, I've written historical fiction for the same reasons. The purpose of this website is to introduce readers and reviewers to my books and some insight to why I write and what I write.
Because my focus in past years was on writing, little time was spent working on getting published. In Oct 2013 things began to change when Moonshine Cove Publishing published Death in Emily 3, the first in a series of  Morgan Westphal historical mysteries. Since then priorities have shifted somewhat, and the amount of time I have to craft the next novel have been offset by the demands of publication and promotion.
Morgan seems to have attracted fans and the feedback has been encouraging.  One of my favorite testimonials is from Bronwen Leask, a long-time friend and former neighbor when I was stationed in England:

       "Death in Emily 3 was a thoroughly good read...the twists and turns that finally completed the telling of  the story left me feeling that I would be pleased to meet up with Morgan Westphal."

The Arizona Daily Star also had this to say about Emily:


         “…Holtry mixes mystery, mining history and romance in this well-written and well –paced story, which offers a look at mining in the west circa 1915.” J.C. Martin

A Troublesome Affair, the second Westphal novel was published on September 10, 2014. 
         "Preston Holtry imbues his well-researched historical mystery with true-to-life characters, struggling with real-life passions and prejudices in the early twentieth century Southwest. A Troublesome Affair is a keeper!" Ann Parker, Author, award-winning author Silver Rush mystery series
The third Westphal mystery, Seal Of Confession, was published on August 14, 2015.

        “Intricately woven intrigue crafted by a gifted storyteller,   Seal of Confession grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. Private investigator Morgan Westphal sets out to find a buried truth on the dangerous frontier with the beautiful and mysterious Arianna. On constant guard against those who have vowed to kill him, he must negotiate a maze of twists and turns on his way to a jaw-dropping truth.” Steve Brigman, author of The Orphan Train

A fourth novel, The Good Thief,  is finished, under contract and in the queue  for publication in September 2016. You can learn something about me and my approach to writing by visiting the "Bio" page.

I also have an author page on Amazon  and a profile on Goodreads.  I am  a member of Arizona Mystery Writers with a profile on the AMW webpage. If you've read the Westphal mysteries and liked them, I encourage you to write reviews on Amazon or B&N saying that you did. Copies of the published mysteries are also available at "Mostly Books" in downtown Tucson.
 Thanks for visiting, Preston Holtry