If you have read any of the novels by Pari Noskin Taichert, author of The Clovis Incident and Belen Hitch, you’ll know that her “whipped cream-dependent protagonist,” Sasha Solomon, works as a public relations consultant for various towns around New Mexico. The Clovis Incident shows that Pari did her homework—it’s full of little Clovis details that give it a real sense of place. Sasha drove down roads near my house, went to restaurants that I recognized, and dealt with members of the Committee of 50* (called the Committee of 25 in the book). The next book coming out in the series will be Socorro Blast. I can’t wait.
Taichert has made a list of "Little Known Facts About the 47th State" (New Mexico). You’ll learn a bit about saguaros, New Mexico’s wine industry, and the “rare mental multiculturalism” that is found here, something I touched on in Las Cruces and the Suspension of Disbelief. You can find her New Mexico list at http://acwl.org/maymug06.html.
To see Pari Noskin Taichert’s own web site, go to http://www.parinoskintaichert.com/.
Taichert is one of nine mystery writers at Murderati; Mysteries, Murder, and Marketing. http://www.murderati.typepad.com/
And to find out the setting for the book that will come after The Socorro Blast, read the interview "Pari Noskin Taichert on Aliens, Belly Dancing, the French, Bad Girls, Agatha Noms and Why She Talks to Herself." (http://juliabuckley.blogspot.com/2006/08/pari-noskin-taichert-on-aliens-belly.html).
*If you are unfamiliar with Clovis, read a bit about the city and its Committee of 50 at http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-110619976.html