C. Rysa Walker

C. Rysa Walker is the pen name Rysa adopts when she’s in the mood to tackle mysteries that are a little more grounded in reality than her various science fiction and fantasy series. Occasionally, author Caleb Amsel is her partner in crime for the Thistlewood Star Mysteries.

Thistlewood Star Mysteries

Praise for Thistlewood Star Mysteries:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I love the twists and turns that kept me guessing and the story is so well-written, I am hooked on this series. "—Bookbub reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"The characters are likeable and well written and the mother daughter relationship is spot on."—Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Well-drawn characters. I could watch the story like a movie, the sets were so clear." —Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐"An exciting small town mystery that spans generations of history and prejudice."—Bookbub reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"An excellent mystery that is well grounded in believable characters and an intriguing plot."—Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"A great storyline and some supernatural aspects keep you turning the pages."—Goodreads reviewer

Baskerville for the Bear

Baskerville for the Bear: A Thistlewood Star Short Story


When a crack of gunshot disturbs her morning birdwatching, journalist Ruth Townsend is certain it's the neighbor she's already warned twice about hunting on her property. She takes off through the woods to confront him but stumbles upon more than she bargained for--a bear trap, complete with a dead bear.

The sheriff and another neighbor advise her not to make waves. That's just how things are done in Thistlewood, something the sheriff suggests Ruth may have forgotten during her twenty-five years as a reporter in Nashville. But Ruth isn't inclined to let it go. It's her land, and bear trapping is illegal. The final straw, however, is finding an injured cub in her shed.

Determined to get justice for the murdered bear and its cub, Ruth prints a poster seeking more information on the crime. But appearances can be deceiving. Will Ruth find the bear's killer? Or will she be caught in his trap?

A Murder in Helvetica Bold

A Murder in Helvetica Bold (Thistlewood Star Mysteries #1)


When Ruth Townsend's job and marriage both end abruptly, she heads home to the mountains for a fresh start. Nine months later, she has a new hobby, good friends, and a potential new romance--but only two dozen subscribers to the weekly newspaper she's intent on reviving. What she needs is a good mystery...but nothing ever happens in sleepy little Thistlewood.

Then Edith Morton is found dead at the bottom of her staircase. Her son and the sheriff both assume that the old woman jumped, but a shattered teacup and eerie passages from Edith's diary about a dark-haired boy lead Ruth to believe there's more to the story. Was Edith simply a victim of dementia, or did someone push her over the edge? Ruth is too curious not to keep digging, but her investigation is unearthing secrets someone spent decades trying to hide.

Can Ruth find out who killed Edith Morton before she or someone she loves becomes the next obituary in the Thistlewood Star?

Palatino for the Painter

Palatino for the Painter (Thistlewood Star Mysteries #2)


When the rusted-out remains of a vehicle with a unique vanity plate are hauled out of the Freedom River, journalist Ruth Townsend and her best friend, Wren Lawson, think they've finally learned the truth about the disappearance of their high school friend, Tanya Blackburn. The rest of Thistlewood may have believed that Tanya simply packed up and headed for the bright lights of Nashville, but the story never made sense to Ruth and Wren, and the mystery has haunted both of them for more than three decades.

A set of paintings left for Ruth at the estate sale of a former teacher seem to contain clues about what really happened to Tanya in the summer of 1987. But when Ruth unboxes the collection, she discovers that Wren may be keeping a few secrets of her own.

A Seance in Franklin Gothic

A Seance in Franklin Gothic (Thistlewood Star Mysteries #3)


When Ruth Townsend discovers Tessa Martin's body in an abandoned factory, sprawled across a Ouija board, she does the responsible thing and calls 911. But by the time Sheriff Blevins arrives, the girl's body has vanished.

Blevins is convinced that Tessa is playing an elaborate hoax. But Ruth and her daughter, Cassie, know better. They both saw the body.

Ruth is certain the sheriff is hiding something, and it all seems connected to the odd cult holding a revival up in the mountains. With her best friend Wren by her side, she decides to investigate. Will Ruth and Wren figure out what happened to Tessa Martin, or will the killer slither away?

Courier to the Stars

Courier to the Stars (Thistlewood Star Mysteries, #4)

Coming in December!