Saturday, January 6, 2018

Welcome to the Desert


With so much of the US enduring unbelievably cold, snowy weather, I wanted to present a different view of what’s out there. My daughter, shoveling out from 16 inches of snow, and my farmhouse—enduring a week of subzero (Fahrenheit) weather without me to keep an eye on its pipes—may not appreciate this, but I feel it my duty to share.  Besides, I’m hard at work on book tour… and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Not Arizona

Here are scenes from the Boyce Thompson Arboretum state park, Arizona’s oldest botanical garden, located about an hour east of Phoenix in Superior, Arizona.   I loved it.  Mainly because it struck me as unstructured…unlike many botanical gardens that come across as just too managed for my tastes. But of course, that’s a question of aesthetics. I also liked the fact that the hike up along the trail was only a mile and a half, but that’s just a matter of laziness.

And you sure can’t beat the weather. OUCH…I feel those daggers.

Welcome to Boyce Thompson.


Jeff’s Upcoming Events

My ninth Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis novel, AN AEGEAN APRIL, published on January 2, 2018 and here is the first stage of my book tour:

Saturday, January 6 @ 2 PM            
Clues Unlimited
Tucson, AZ

Monday, January 8  @ 7PM
Vromans (on Colorado)
Pasadena, CA

Wednesday, January 10 @ 7PM                   
Tattered Cover (on Colfax)
Denver, CO

Saturday, January 13 @ 2 PM                      
Book Carnival 
Orange, CA

Sunday, January 14 @ 2 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA

Wednesday, January 17 @ 7 PM      
Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park)
Seattle, WA

Thursday, January 18 @ 7 PM
Janet Rudolph’s Mystery Readers Literary Salon
Berkeley, CA

Sunday, January 21 @ 7 PM
Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA

Thursday, January 25 @ 6:30 PM
Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY

Friday, February 2 @ 7PM
Centuries & Sleuths (Forest Park)
Chicago, IL

Saturday, February 3 @ 12 PM
Once Upon A Crime

Minneapolis, MN


  1. I also love deserts. The Kalahari is one of the most remarkable areas in southern Africa. Really an example of less is more. You should come see it some time.

    1. WE TRULY WANT TO. And were talking about it as we walked through this park. Now to get to the stage of doing.

  2. Beautiful, Jeff. Not my favorite habitat, but beautiful none the less. And besides your photobomber, the surroundings aren't bad either...

    1. Photobomber lends beauty to whatever frame she graces.

  3. Fantastic photos!! I'm with you on most botanical gardens - I prefer something a little wilder and less tamed - but this looks like it would be right up my alley too. Looks like an excellent hike!!