Mining City Messages

The untold stories of Cuban Exile

The plotline in Grave Madness about Cuban exiles has its genesis in my adolescence. Fascination with Cuba came early, following the fear of nuclear war. I remember the emergency drills, hiding under our desks, in case the Soviets launched a nuclear warhead from Cuba. That said, my fear was nothing compared with the fear of the Cuban children sent to the US during Operation Pedro Pan. I keep waiting to see a news story about them.

El proximo año en Cuba

Today's announcement about normalizing relations with Cuba might be welcomed by a character, maybe two, in Grave Madness. Here's a timeline from today's USA Today for those who may not remember when US/Cuban relations went south....Cuban timeline

We're Back!

The hiatus is over. Grave Madness, the second installment of the Mining City Mysteries is available starting today. To buy a soft cover editon. go to Createspace. For Kindle, go to Amazon, For all other ebook readers, go to Smashwords

Local Author Pens New Mystery


Butte author Marian Jensen's new book, "Grave Madness,'' a Mining City mystery, will be released on Friday.
     In "Grave Madness," author Jensen explores the stigma of mental illness, its impact on family and friendship, and the dangers that emerge when old secrets come to light.
     Mesa and Chance Dawson and their quirky friends and colleagues at the Mining City Messenger are on the story once again in this second installment of Mining City Mysteries set in Butte.
     Nobody in Butte has been killed on St. Patrick's Day in recent memory, though the next morning many feel half-alive after one too many the day before. And who would think that an ad in the Mining City Messenger would lead to someone's death?
     A St. Patrick's Day weekend in Butte is a grand time to be finding old acquaintances. A woman comes to town, hoping to look up an old friend, a former mental patient. Finding him presents a challenge since he was accused of killing another patient and in spectacular fashion. Supposedly, he pushed the other guy off a 40-foot thermal outcropping on the hospital grounds. The challenge is also a personal one for the Dawson's because the woman was a close friend of their mother, who died more than 15 years ago.
     Mesa and Chance reconstruct the facts and find witnesses to solve a 30-year-old death in order to solve the St. Patrick's Day homicide. Among their leads are a host of former hospital staff and patients including a nurse whose prescription drug habit led to a change in careers, and a Cuban psychiatrist, an exile after Castro's revolution. Most want to forget the secrets of the past -- especially the killer.

Read more: Local Author Pens New Mystery

An interview with the author of Deadly Reckoning

Is there a writing life after retirement? 

Hell yeah! Check out the link below and go directly to pp. 8-10.

Montana Senior News

Mesa and Chance are on the story!

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Grave Madness, the second in the Mining City Mystery Series, is an uncommonly smart mystery set in Butte, Montana, that explores the stigma of mental illness, the bonds of enduring friendship and old secrets coming to light.

Wisdom today, Opportunity tomorrow

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How Wisdom, Montana got its name reaches back to the travels of Lewis and Clark, and you can read about it here. This time of year this is the question to ask: Is Wisdom the coldest place in the nation today?  #8 on the list of cities with highest number of days of 32 degrees or less (277 days a yr), some folks question the efficacy of the town's name, but then these are people who enjoy skijoring.



Marian at the Butte Archives



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