Monday, May 11, 2015

Mystery Writer Patricia Stoltey Reviews Napier's Bones

A Mini-Review of Napier’s Bones by Robert Spiller

That might have put off a less-than-happy math student as I was in high school, but Robert Spiller is a Colorado writer and a member of a couple of my favorite organizations….and he appeared on a few of the “Mystery Through the Ages” panels that made the rounds of book stores and libraries 2007ish.
My lack of love for math left over from high school is a whole different story for another day. Lured into reading the Bonnie Pinkwater mysteries after I met Mr. Spiller, I discovered math wasn’t so bad after all. Happily, Spiller spends a little time  on math problem-solving but a lot of time on murder and crime-solving.
I found Napier’s Bones the best book in the series so far. That might be because of the new characters introduced for this book, characters who are unusual and very interesting. They make the story edge into thriller status and a teensy bit away from cozy mystery. As for Bonnie Pinkwater, she’s a little spiritual, a little cynical, a little sarcastic, a little sad, but a lot clever and logical and a lot loyal to her dear friends, many of them former students. She’s a person I would like to know.
Spiller opens his novels with a jolt and doesn’t stop with the plot complications and character reveals. You can certainly read Napier’s Bones as a standalone, but I recommend you go back and pick up the first book (The Witch of Agnesi)and read straight through the series (A Calculated DemiseIrrational NumbersRadical Equations, and Napier’s Bones).
Here’s the short synopsis from
When a skeleton is unearthed in a field next to East Plains High School, math teacher Bonnie Pinkwater is thrust into a three-decade-old murder. What she uncovers are Satanists, ruthless mercenaries, murderous homecoming queens, a crazed mother, a fateful blizzard, and the death of someone near and dear to her. As her once considerable gifts of memory and deduction are eroded by the trauma of loss, Bonnie must solve a thirty-year-old cold case before the killer decides the best way to remain free is to add one female mathematician to his list of victims.
Highly recommended.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Heartfelt Thanks

I need to send out a resounding thank you to some very special people - from those who shared my release message all over Facebook (for a while there I was getting 40 shares every 5 minutes) to those who agreed to review Napier's Bones. Not only are you helping my writing career but you are filling my heart with gratitude. Along with folks working hard in my behalf, I received messages telling me how much I effected their lives when I was their teacher. That is priceless and is now stored in my heart forever. Thank you so much.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Napier's Bones Now Available on Amazon and CreateSpace!!!

As of this moment, my new mystery is now available - on Amazon and Createspace and I am asking a big favor (besides purchasing 100 copies for all your friends and family). Would you please share this message on your Facebook page and ask whoever you send it to, to do the same. I have never had anything go viral and wouldn't that be a kick in the butt? And yes, it's the best Bonnie Pinkwater mystery I've ever written - feel free to quote me!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Napier's Bones Cover

Okay, I'll admit it. I think the cover of the fifth Bonnie Pinkwater mystery is a work of art. It should be. It is the work of artist Becki Davis, my good friend. I couldn't be happier with it.

The novel itself should see the light of day in the next week and a half, just in time for me to unveil it at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Robert Spiller Author Blog

Welcome to my new author blog. I hope to use this venue to preview events, share important milestones in my career, and keep fans apprised of anything they may need to know regarding my books. 

I also intend to use this venue to provide links to other internet sites that fans might want to visit. The hope is this blog will provide a single site where all things Robert Spiller might be accessed and any questions about myself or my books might be answered. Please join me in this new chapter in my journey. And tell your friends.