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Welcome to The bailey crane mysteries’ Family


Meet ‘The Bailey Crane Mysteries’ Family!

By BR Chitwood


Meet ‘The Bailey Crane Mysteries’ Family!

By BR Chitwood


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Books 1, 2, and 4 in the Bailey Crane Mystery Series are inspired by hideous and tragical true crimes. Books 3-6, are inspired by the author’s life while living on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, a part of which was spent as a resort’s HOA President, much of it leading up to and including a Cartel and Federale Shootout depicted in Book 6.

In some ways I expect the readers of these novels will glean some information about the author’s life and times, not to his discredit but of the excitement that presented itself to him from time to time. Books 2-6 will carry much of his Mexican adventures. It was obviously my hope to build a character in ‘Bailey Crane’ who would be found interesting, certainly in his detective duties but also in his musing with an alter ego. Admittedly, some of the personal vitae in these books will either paint a romantic essence of the Crane character, some of his restless mood and wanderlust nature.

Book 1, An Arizona Tragedy, is very personal for the author as the actress victim of the vicious crime detailed in the book was a personal friend of the author and once a room-mate of his wife to be. This book was to be part of a closure and a ‘Memoriam’ for her. Alas, it was also to embolden the author to satisfy his writing itches he had carried for so long.

So, please enjoy these ‘Bailey Crane Capers’ and leave an Amazon, Goodreads, Book Bub, et al book reviews.”

I am including a ‘sample chapter’ from “An Arizona Tragedy…”


Chapter Three

After Midnight on Wednesday, July 19, 1967


She seemed strangely out of her body, off in a wispy connecting chamber, floating through a kaleidoscope of sight and sound … lights flashing … and motion.

She was in a car, moving fast, then slow, stopping, starting … she could see the night sky filled with a million bouncing stars, but she couldn’t be sure if her eyes were really open … car slowing down, stopping again, motor shut down, door opening … heavy breathing, cursing, mixed with cricket chirps, all coming through a fog horn of slow motion sound and movement … fingers, hands, arms on her body … tugging at her, pulling her from the car … a soft tinge of fear, anesthetized but it was so far away, this fear, and there was an eerie peace within the connecting chamber, an almost rhapsodic bending and twisting of the past, present, and an inescapable but caressing future …

There came a cacophony of cymbal sounds, a further muting within the connecting chamber, and a light that had begun so dimly now becoming greater pain was palpable but numbingly peripheral, and, while the light grew brighter, micro seconds lingered on the desert air, in her connecting chamber, and she recounted her life … kids, family, school, jobs, friends, loves, hates, joys, disappointments, all coalescing into the awesome, wonderful, totality that was her being …

The scraping sounds … her body dropped yet again to the desert floor, once more the cursing, the heavy breathing …

The final cacophony splintered the light into a dazzling crystal brilliance …

She felt the connecting chamber, her body, her last thoughts of betrayal, beauty, and forgiveness all merging into the warm and timeless cosmos of light.

[End of Sample]




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8 comments on “Welcome to The bailey crane mysteries’ Family

  1. You’re pretty darn amazing, Billy Ray. Nice work.

    Reading “Cloud Dancer” right now, and thoroughly enjoying it. The time-warp segments definitely catch my interest.

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    1. You as well, Tim…. You make my day, good buddy!

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  2. Super excerpt, Billy Ray.

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    1. As always, thanks, good John!

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  3. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Your series sounds excellent, Billy Ray. I’ll get to the books someday soon, but I’m behind on my lineup. Thank you for sharing the series with me through this post. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Gwen…good weekend to you and yours.


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