The New Mexico Heritage - Large Print Author:Lauran Paine The New Mexico Heritage finds Dr. George Brunner unprepared for life as a physician in a territory where his patients are more likely to turn for help to the curanderas, old native women whose treatments included disemboweled chickens and yucca root poultices. The ranchers's lives, ruled by the powers of superstition and of the local landowner,... more » do not reveal themselves easily to a stranger. But when Maria Antonia Gallegos Lord is shot by a sniper at her father's funeral and Brunner is called in, the doctor finds himself cast also as protector and investigator, intent on saving both the patient and her father's vast estate.« less
One of the better Walker Westerns, by an author who knows his West and can bring it to life in his novels. Post-Civil War New Mexico is the scene of this mystery. At the funeral of Lord Land's owner, his heir, Maria Antonia, is shot. Dr. George Brunner saves her life, loses his heart to her, and turns detective to find the would-be killer. Life on a ranch; the speech of the people; clearly delineated personalities, male and female; spare, graphic prose, and suspenseful action spiced with humor add up to a vastly entertaining book.