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Sooner Than Gold is the sequel to Fallen From Grace, and the second in the Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman series.

It’s the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, has a murder victim with too many enemies.

There’s Claude Kessler, who is found standing with a knife in his hand over the body of Willis Petry. There’s Rachel Webber, Petry’s surly teen-aged stepdaughter, who admits an act intended to cause him harm. Then there’s the band of gypsies who claim Petry is the goryo who stole one of their young women.

If this isn’t enough to complicate Tilghman’s life, add in threats to his job by McClean Ruppenthal, former town burgess; a run-in with a female horse thief; scary predictions by a gypsy fortuneteller, and the theft of Doc Mariner’s new motorcar.

SOONER THAN GOLD is available from Amazon and Oak Tree Books.


A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth is the author of 12 novels, including five in his Sticks Hetrick mystery series. He is a member of International Thriller Writers, EPIC, and the Short Mystery Society.