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Mystery novel set in Central Oregon

Central Oregon author Ted Haynes will present his new mystery novel, "The Sunriver Murders," at Paulina Springs Books on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. "The Sunriver Murders" is his fourth mystery set in Central Oregon, following on the heels of his 2022 release, "Pole Pedal Murder."

Who would turn a shotgun on a well-dressed 77-year-old man driving a Mercedes on a sunny summer morning in the happy golf resort of Sunriver? Carl Breuninger, Deschutes County Sheriff's Detective, is left with no witnesses, no weapon, no motives, and no obvious suspects.

Leon Martinez paints a watercolor of the vivid crime scene before discovering he has multiple connections to the victim, two possible killers, and even the murdering shotgun. A new killer, plunging through a forest fire threatening all of Sunriver, threatens to kill Leon, his wife, and his friends in pursuit of a treasure hidden in Leon's house.

A clue Leon does not even know he possesses leads Detective Breuninger to a secretive ex-con who knows just enough to help Breuninger identify the killer.

Ted Haynes is the author of six books, four of them set in Central Oregon. Ted graduated from Dartmouth College and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. He has studied writing with Nancy Packer, Hillary Jordan, Tom Parker, and Donna Levin. He serves on the board of the Waterston Desert Prize for Writing and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. For more information, visit

Paulina Springs Books is located at 252 W. Hood Ave.


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