Claire Reynier series

Claire investigates the theft of a rare book collection
Published by Signet 2000
UNM Press hardcover edition 2000

Romantic Times top pick
Nominated for Reviewer’s Choice Award
Southwest Book of the Year
One of IMBA (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association) best selling paperbacks for 2000

“Van Gieson’s back and better than ever.  Don’t miss The Stolen Blue.”  Tony Hillerman

“A captivating and absorbing, highly readable, stay-with-it-till-you’re-done mystery.”  Fred Harris

“Masterly work . . . A fascinating heroine.”  Library Journal

Inspired by the story of Everett Ruess, a talented artist and writer who disappeared in the Canyonlands of Utah
Published by Signet 2001
UNM Press hardcover edition 2001

Romantic Times top pick

“A classy new mystery series . . . Moves confidently from one reasonable plot development to the next, incorporating in the action a nice sense of place.”  Arizona Daily Star

“Van Gieson invokes the desert beauty of New Mexico with meticulous care.”  Publisher’s Weekly

Claire is a victim of identity theft
Published by Signet 2002
UNM Press hardcover edition 2002

Bravos Award for literary excellence

“Van Gieson combines solid character development with a fascinating plot, ambient New Mexico atmosphere, and a surprise ending.  This series deserves a wider audience.”  Booklist

“Van Gieson has created a heroine that most women will want to emulate because she is so bright, honest and likable . . . Multi-layered and complex . . . Entertaining and informative, a real treat.”  Midwest Book Review

Inspired by the story of the Crypto-Jews in New Mexico
Published by Signet in 2003
UNM Press hardcover edition 2003
Mystery Guild selection

“The whodunit is fascinating, but it is the mystery of the past that holds the reader’s attention.”  Midwest Book Review

“A shimmering showcase of Southwestern mystique.”  Santa Fe New Mexican

A homeless woman is found dead under the library
Published by Signet in 2004

Finalist for Barry Award for best paperback original.
Winner of the Zia Award for best work of fiction by a New Mexico woman

“A gripping crime novel . . . A likeable heroine, compelling story line and vivid descriptions make this book a winner.”  Albuquerque Journal

“An involving read at an irresistible price . . . Superb.”  Santa Fe New Mexican

All the Claire Reynier books were published in Thorndike large print editions

I have recently reissued The Stolen Blue, Land of Burning Heat and The Shadow of Venus as trade paperbacks. Books are available for purchase by booksellers and readers. For more information contact me at