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What the River Said - a novel

Great news! What the River Said

has been named a finalist in the

New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for 2022!

For the last week, every November morning at the Grand Canyon dawned clear and cold. The night let go of its secrets as sunlight flared up over the rim and promised a bright, pleasant day. By noon, though, dark clouds blotted out the blue, clouds that rose and seethed, as if annoyed by so many humans enjoying the views. These were not typical scattered thunderheads that wandered over, dropping dizzy shadows and quick downpours. These storms besieged the sky, throwing hard rain like weapons and hurling spears of lightning into the earth. Tourists ran for shelter, and even old regulars who lived at the canyon for years felt apprehensive.


New signs were posted, warning about the dangers of lightning.


"Here we go again," muttered Dr. Abigail Wilmore, wincing as thunder exploded and shook the clinic.




"What the River Said is an engaging mystery set against the backdrop of a medical clinic at the Grand Canyon. The writer is herself a family doctor, and the story rings with authenticity, clarity, and just the right amount of detail to keep the reader turning pages. The book delivers on many levels. Abby is likable and just flawed enough for readers who appreciate depth of character. The story is well-paced and satisfying. A fun read that is highly entertaining, this book reminded me of the best stories of Nevada Barr, only with a medical element. Read it!"
—Pat Camalliere, author of the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series


I love the Dr Abby Wilmore series. Abby has returned to Grand Canyon and her lover Dr. John Pepper, ready to treat minor and major ailments. Abby still struggles with anxiety, but has achieved peace with her decisions and has collected a group of good friends. In the latest, Abby and John deal with hikers who are overdosing on questionable vitamins, a missing woman, and John's teenage niece. These books have a comforting rhythm that evoke the natural beauty of their setting and I find them eminently re-readable. Highly recommended. -- R. Spencer


Lovely descriptions of the Grand Canyon and delightful characters. A terrific escape to inhabit the Wilmore/Pepper world for a little while and learn a little medicine on the side. A fun read! -- T. Zink