Sheri S. Tepper
(aka A.J. Orde, B.J. Oliphant, E E Horlak, Sheri S. Eberhart)
[1929 - ]
A Little Neighborhood Murder (1989)
When Jason Lynx's neighbors, George and Betty Whitney, are murdered, Jason
discovers the police consider him the number one suspect. But Jason, an
addicted puzzle solver, begins to find the case fascinating. Who'd have
thought that George Whitney, an employee of a religious radio station, had
it in him to attract a killer. Aided by endearing detective Grace Willis,
Jason approaches the sinister secret that made the boring Whitneys so deadly
dangerous. And if he is not very careful, that terrible secret could coil
back and strike him....
Death and the Dogwalker (1990)
Fred Foret looked so lifelike when Jason Lynx's dog found him dead in a
Denver park. Jason, a compulsive puzzle solver, is fascinated and
investigates on his own. When beautiful Melody Steinwale's body is also
found dead in the park, Jason tries to make the pieces fit. The ugly picture
that emerges tells Jason more about himself than he cares to know....
Death for Old Times' Sake (1992)
After compulsive problem-solver Jason Lynx witnesses the murder of Simonetta,
an addled old woman, he and his girlfriend Grace, a Denver policewoman,
discover that Simonetta was very threatening to someone--and every clue
pulls them deeper into her curious past, the entwined destinies of two
families, and the dangerous world of the Denver mob. Jason is about to
discover that he may be linked to Simonetta on a level far deeper and more
tragic than he could have imagined....
Looking for the Aardvark (1993)
Also known as
Dead on Sunday.
In a desolate chapel in the New Mexican desert, the unpopular Reverend Ernie
Quivada lies dead, throat slashed, in front of a hypnotic painting of the
Madonna and child. Interior designer and private investigator Jason Lynx
finds himself drawn to the crime . . . and to Quivada's beautiful widow.
Before he knows it, Jason is in over his head, struggling to stay afloat in
an investigation whose vicious undertow tugs at his own deepest feelings . .
Long Time Dead (1995)
|Denver antiques dealer Jason Lynx has a deep interest in answering that
question. For the victim was Ron Willis, brother of policewoman Grace
Willis, the woman Jason hopes to marry.
There's not much to go on: only Ron's address book and his desperate search
for cash the night before his death. Of course there is also the mysterious
skeleton that rescue workers find near Ron's body--surprisingly on property
belonging to the Credable family, a Denver dynasty built on violence and
greed. These days the Credables are the soul of upper-class respectability.
Or so it seems.
Goaded by Grace's irrational response to the tragedy, Jason inches toward
the truth--about a killer, himself, and the woman he loves....
A Death of Innocents (1997)
When Jason and his wife, Grace, find the remains of a young girl beneath the
porch of their beautiful new house, they want answers. The police say she
was raped and strangled some twenty years ago, when the wealthy Monmouth
family owned the residence. But as Jason and Grace examine a cache of old
photos and letters, and get acquainted with some of Denver's reckless rich,
a sinister picture clicks into focus. And an old evil takes a new lease on
life . . . and death.
Dead in the Scrub (1990)
Struggling to put a wounded deer out of its misery, intrepid rancher Shirley
McClintock stumbles over a human skeleton half-buried in autumn leaves. Then
she discovers a second murder, accomplished with the same arrow that had
pierced the body of the deer. The crimes are apparently unrelated, but
McClintock catches the same rotten stench in both. Only proof is lacking,
but that, when she finds it, cannot be used. Not without putting the person
nearest her heart into mortal danger.
The Unexpected Corpse (1990)
Deservedly Dead (1992)
The new owner of the Jewell place has drained the wetlands, poisoned the
scrub, and destroyed the wildlife. Neighbor Shirley McClintock is just about
ready to kill. So when someone does kill the ruthless greenhorn easterner,
Shirley is the prize suspect. But she wasn't the only one to bear the
deceased a grudge. There is a wealth of suspects -- and Shirley better
narrow them down fast, before she takes the rap herself!
Death and the Delinquent (1992)
Shirley McClintock is vacationing in New Mexico with her friend J.Q., her
daughter Allison, and Allison's schoolmate April. While exploring a mesa on
muleback, a sharpshooter wings Shirley's mule, sending her into the hospital
with a crushed knee, and kills April. Down but far from out, Shirley
wrestles with a mystery that's as deadly as a rattlesnake . . .
Death Served Up Cold (1994)
When a mysterious guest dies at Shirley McClintock's Santa Fe guest house,
the other guests are blissfully unconcerned. The crazy lady in Ditch House
goes her crazy way; her drunken companion continues to drink; and the
middle-aged pair continue to enjoy the gentle landscape. But Shirley senses
something wicked just around the corner. Like cold-blooded murder. And a
terrifying evil coming closer and closer to her peaceful abode . . .
Ceremonial Death (1996)
Shadow Dancer Was Readying Her Hogan For A Healing Ceremony -- and Her Own
And the beautiful cosmic healer, nee Bridget McCree, had not been dead long
when her neighbor Shirley McClintock found her viciously mutilated body.
Was the murder the work of extraterrestrials, as recent cattle mutilations
in the Santa Fe area are believed to be? Shirley's investigation into Shadow
Dancer's torrid romances and tangled family affairs suggests more
traditional motivations: greed, lust, and envy.
So after a second sordid killing and sly rumors that Shirley and her family
are somehow involved in both crimes, she goes on the warpath: straight
toward the unexpected truth and a head-on confrontation with Shadow Dancer's
murderous last client...
They were scarcely more than children, these lovebirds
lying dead in a New Mexico canyon. Shirley McClintock, owner of the Santa Fe
guest ranch where they were staying, is baffled by the tragedy. Especially
when almost everything about the couple turns out to be false, except the
thousand-dollar bills they spent so lavishly.
Here's to the Newly Dead (1997)
Who were these mysterious newlyweds, and why are so many people looking for
them? Shirley finds out the hard way--after more murder and the resurrection
of an excruciating tragedy from her own past. . . .
The Revenants (1984)
After Long Silence (1987)
Also known as
The Gate to Women's Country
What could be more commonplace than grass, or a world covered over all its
surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals
horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague
attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins
to reveal these secrets -- and nothing will ever be the same again . . .
Raising the Stones (1990)
When the human settlers arrived on Hobbs Land, the native intelligent
specvies, the Owlbrit, were already almost extinct. Before the last one
died, a few years later, the humans had learned a little of their
language, their ideas and theirb religion. It seemed the natural thing for
the settlers to maintain the last Owlbrit temple, with the strange statue
that was its God. When when that God died - disintegrating overnight - it
seemed equally natural to start preparing its replacement. Maire Manone
came to Hobbs Land to escape the harsh patriachal religion of Voorstod,
but Voorstod hasn't forgotten her - or forgiven her. But the men who
arrive on Hobbs Land to find and return Maire to her homeland haven't
taken Hobbs Land's God into account . . .
With the critically acclaimed novels The Gate To Women's Country,
Raising The Stones, and the Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri Tepper
has established herself as one of the major science fiction writers of
out Time. In Beauty, she broadens her territory even further,
with a novel that evokes all the richness of fairy tale and fable.
Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," Beauty is
a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Set
against a backdrop both enchanted and frightening, the story begins with
a wicked aunt's curse that will afflict a young woman named Beauty on her
sixteenth birthday. Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she
soon finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast consequences. For it
becomes clear that the enchanted places of this fantastic world--a place
not unlike our own--are in danger and must be saved before it is too
On the planet of Elsewhere, the Council had always enforced the governing
of each province in the manner the people had chosen, so long as
each respected its neighbors' local customs--and so long as the people
remained within their homelands. Generations later, inhabitants have
begun to question this tradition. The Council has received mysterious
messages and reports of strange manifestations across the planet. Now,
Enforcer Fringe Owldark has been sent with a small crew of seven,
each possessing an unusual talent, to investigate their worst fear--the
arrival of the Hobbs Land gods. Free will and the reality of God are just
too of the timeless issues this courageous band of humans must confront
as they strive to decide if complete tolerance and leaving others alone
is evil. . .and what they should do if it is. Vividly imagined
and exquisitely rendered, Sideshow is Sheri S. Tepper's
most controversial novel yet.
A Plague of Angels (1993)
Atop a twisting, canyon-climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built
strong to keep out dragons and ogres. In another part of the countryside,
a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the
enchanted village that is her home. Somewhere nearby, a young man is
seeking adventure after running away from his family's small farm.
Suddenly a strange and terrible prophecy sets off a chain of events that
will bring these three together in the heroic, romantic, and thrilling
tale of an age-old battle.
Shadow's End (1994)
Gibbon's Decline and Fall (1996)
A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping across the globe as the millennium
approaches, and a power-hungry presidential candidate sees his ticket to
success in making an example out of a teenage girl who abandoned her
infant in a Dumpster. Taking the girl's case is Carolyn Crespin, a former
attorney, who left her job for a quiet family life. Now she must call upon
five friends from college, who took a vow to always stand together. But
their success might depend on the assistance of Sophy, the enigmatic sixth
friend, whom they all believed dead.
The Family Tree (1997)
Police officer Dora Henry is investigating the bizarre murders of three
geneticists. Meanwhile, strange things are happening everywhere she turns.
Weeds are becoming trees; trees are becoming forests. Overnight, a city is
being transformed into a wild and verdant place.
And, strangest of all, Dora can somehow communicate with the rampaging
A potential civilization-ending catastrophe is in the making. The bearer
Dora gets to a murderer--and to the truth--the more seemingly disparate
events begin to entwine. And the answers she seeks today to the salvation
of humankind may lie in afar distant future. . .one which is suddenly much
closer than anyone imagines.
An exhilarating and enchanting novel that deftly combines fantastic
invention with insight and a social conscience, from one of the most
lyrical and important voices in contemporary speculative fiction.
Six Moon Dance (1998)
It was many years ago that humans came and settled the world of Newholme-cruelly
bending the planet to their will; setting down roots and raising up cities
and farms and a grand temple to their goddess.But now the ground itself is
shaking with ever-increasing violence. And the Great Questioner, official
arbiter of the Council of Worlds, has come to this isolated orb to
investigate rumors of a terrible secret that lies buried deep within
Newholme's past--a past that is not dead, not completely. And it will fall
to Mouche, a beautiful youth of uncommon cleverness and spirit, to save
his imperiled home by dicovering and embracing that which makes him unique
among humans. For every living thing on newholme is doomed, unless Mouche
can appease something dark and terrible that is coiled within...and
surrender to the mysterious ecstatic revelry taht results when the six
Singer from the Sea (1999)
A good and proper aristocrat on the isolated, seemingly backward planet of
Haven, Genevieve has been carefully instructed in the Covenants -- the
ancient, inflexible laws governing the women of her class. She knows what
is expected of her: marriage in her mid-twenties to a groom of her
father's choosing, childbirth at age thirty. And then soon afterwards --
as has been the lot of so many noblewomen before her -- perhaps death.
But there is another Genevieve within who longs to heed the call of the
sea -- though she has never once seen the vast waters that cover most of
her homeworld's surface. For an unheard voice is crying out to her across
the centuries, drawing her ever-closer to a terrible truth hidden beneath
a smoke screen of rules, tradition, and propriety. And it is Genevieve who
must fulfill a forgotten destiny -- something inborn passed for untold
generations from daughter to daughter -- or she and the entire
civilization of Haven will be swept away on a cosmic wave of oblivion.
The Fresco (2000)
The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States --
unexplained "oddities" tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances,
shocking deaths -- seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's
life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager
is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of
peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque wife with low
self-esteem, Benita has been chosen to act as the sole liaison between the
human race and the Pistach, who have offered their human hosts a
spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment.
But ultimately Benita will be called upon to do much more than deliver
messages -- and may, in fact, be responsible for saving the Earth. Because
the Pistach are not the only space-faring species currently making their
presence known on her unsuspecting planet. And the others are not so
The Visitor (2002)
The "magic" that once was America died horribly along with most of the
Earth's inhabitants when an asteroid crashed into the planet sometime
during the twenty-first century. Hundreds of years have passed, and all
that remains of the time before are fragmented memories distorted by
superstition -- as a tragically reduced populace suffers greatly under the
tyranny of a repressive ruling order. But destiny has chosen Dismé Latimer
to lead a wasted world out of the darkness ... with a book. Written by a
courageous scientist ancestor, it is a sacred, unsettling tome rife with
disturbing ideas and revelations ... and an impossible hope that compels a
gentle, troubled young woman to abandon her abusive home in search of
truth and her true self. But common "wisdom" and lore warn of grave
dangers out in the world. Evil is there, a malevolence beyond imagining.
And in the depths of the Earth, a gargantuan beast asleep for centuries
has begun to stir ...
The Companions (2003)
Three planets have been recently discovered in deep space, and prosaically
named to reflect their respective environments. Jungle, lush and
foreboding, swallowed up an eleven-member exploratory team more than a
decade earlier, while hot, harsh, and dusty Stone turned out to be
phenomenally rich in rare ore, the most profitable new world to be found
in a century. But it is the third, Moss, that could well prove to be the
most enigmatic . . . and dangerous.
Enlisted by the Planetary Protection Institute -- an organization founded
to assess new worlds for potential development and profit -- famed
linguist Paul Delis has come to Moss to determine whether the strange
multicolored shapes of dancing light observed on the planet's surface are
evidence of intelligent life. With Delis is his half sister, Jewel, the
wife of one of the explorers lost on Jungle. Working together, they are to
determine the true nature of the “Mossen” and decipher the strange
"language" that accompanies the phenomenon.
Yet the great mysteries of this bucolic world -- three-quarters covered in
wind-sculpted, ever-shifting moss -- don't end with the inexplicable
illuminations; there is the puzzle of the rusting remains of a lost fleet
of Earth ships, moldering on a distant plateau. Perhaps the biggest
question mark is Jewel Delis herself and her mission here at the far
reaches of the galaxy. Leaving an overpopulated homeworld that is rapidly
becoming depleted of the raw materials needed for human survival, Jewel is
a member of a radical underground group opposing a recent government edict
that will eliminate all of the planet's “nonessential” living inhabitants.
And it is here, at the universe's unexplored edge, where the fate of
endangered creatures may ultimately be decided -- though it will mean
defying ruthless and unforgiving ruling powers to repair humankind's
disintegrating relationship with the beasts of the Earth.
The Margarets (2007)
Earth is in crisis, virtually destroyed by overpopulation, and mankind is
teethering on the edge. ISTO - the Interstellar Trade Organization - had
demanded man's extinction, for a living planet is more important than any
race upon it, and was about to start 'reducing' mankind when Earthgov
agreed its demands, to sell 90 per cent of Earth's inhabitants into
bondage to alien races. When Margaret is six, she imagines herself as a
spy, a healer, a queen, a warrior, even a boy, to amuse herself; when she
is nine, and 12, and 20, at crisis points in her life, she feels like
parts of her have split off - like the Margaret who decided to follow her
lover to Tercis and the Margaret who said no. So now, as well as Margaret,
she is Wilvia, learning to be a queen on B'yurngrad, and Ongamar, a spy on
Cantardene, and Gretamara, a healer on Chottem, and even Naumi, a boy on
Thairy, and she is many other Margarets besides. And all these Margarets
hold the key to mankind's survival, if only they can survive and come
together again as one Margaret, with all their different powers intact . .
Blood Heritage (1986)
The Bones (1987)
Jinian Footseer (1985)
Dervish Daughter (1986)
Jinian Star-Eye (1986)
King's Blood Four (1983)
Necromancer Nine (1983)
Wizards Eleven (1984)
The True Game (1985)
In the lands of the True Game, your
lifelong identity emerges as you play-Prince or Sorcerer, Demon or
Doyen. Raising the dead is the least of the Necromancer's Talents-he is
a wild card who threatens the True Game itself. A giant stalks the
mountains. Shadowpeople gather by the light of the moon. Bonedancers
raise up armies of the dead. And the Wizard's Eleven sleep trapped in
their dreams. Players, take your places. The final Game begins now...
Marianne, the Magus, and the Manticore (1985)
Marianne, the Madame, and the Momentary Gods (1988)
Marianne, the Matchbox and the Malachite Mouse (1989)
The Song of Mavin Manyshaped (1985)
The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped (1985)
The Search of Mavin Manyshaped (1985)
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