The Peace Tree Mystery
The Peace Tree Mystery is a novel written collaboratively by the authors of the Marion County Writers Workshop.
Marion County, Iowa is usually a quiet place where people get along and enjoy the scenic activities of Lake Red Rock. But when Jacob Wildcrow a local Native American begins having visions of a quest that may involve a possible treasure, it attracts fortune hunters throughout the county. Local teacher Dustin, “Digger” Clay wants to help Wildcrow for historical purposes and because he is attracted to Wildcrow’s beautiful daughter, Grace. However, he struggles with his current girlfriend’s attempt to destroy the lake area with a new casino. Grace is convinced that her grandfather’s visions are fantasies, since she has rejected her Native American heritage long ago. A convicted felon, on the run, could use the treasure to finance a new criminal organization. And a pair of bumbling low-life brothers wreak havoc throughout the countryside in their misguided attempts to find the treasure for themselves. While the Sheriff tries to keep order in the county, he also must contend with mysterious fires, sinkholes, and a missing person.
Who will be first to complete the quest? Will the mysterious events in the county be resolved? Could the quest lead to murder?