Murder and the Monalet Ruby

Murder and the Monalet Ruby

The Ardis Cole Series (Book 4)

by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson


“… superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventure …”

— Midwest Book Review


When Ardis Cole goes to South Dakota to handle a bequest of pioneer and Sioux artifacts left to the University of Chicago by the wealthy private collector, Anthony LaMoine, she finds unexpected trouble—a stolen ruby, a present-day murder, and a skeleton in the cellar! As a teenager after a battle with his father, Anthony’s adopted son had run away from home. Find the son, the housekeeper tells her, and you’ll find the thief. But is the son really the guilty party? And is the mysterious writer-historian, Seldon Drake, the man he claims to be—or is he an imposter?


Mystery writers and sisters, Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson, have done it again! Co-authors of more than 40 mysteries, suspense, and western novels, plus numerous short stories. They are recipients of the Edna Osborne Whitcomb Writing Award, the Seaton Award, and are finalists for the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award.


Midwest Book Review—Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have effectively collaborated to present a series of superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures featuring Ardis Cole, an intelligent, fearless, and perservering young lady who finds herself in the midst of exciting and suspenseful mysteries set in a variety of different locales.

[Praise for Book 1] Mystery Scene Magazine—Nice thrills and chills. The authors have obviously done their archeological homework, and in between all the mysterious goings-on, we learn fascinating details of Hatshepsut’s stormy reign. The Egyptology is all there, and it’s enjoyable.

[Praise for Book 2] A&RBC Reviews, Teresa BeasleyUnmarked Grave takes readers on a journey of family secrets. The twists in the story were unsuspected and shocked me once I discovered the culprit’s identity. I enjoyed this story because of its mysterious nature and also because I couldn’t figure it out until the very end. It kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. I recommend Unmarked Grave to others.

[Praise for Book 3] DSA Reviews—This was a really good mystery. Even after I was done reading I was still trying to figure out how the killer did it, and I could not believe who the killer was. I also really enjoyed that the story took place in China, and the authors did a great job of making me feel like I was in China with the characters … I can not wait for more of this series to come out.


“The characters in this book are so diverse and the setting is so remote. It brings you to a place where they are searching for the unknown truth from way back when. After the owner of the mansion dies, a museum is set up of old relics per his will. The twists and turns of who you can trust and who you can’t never stops. There is a theft. There are killings. There is a person found. It all comes together in such a way that I couldn’t help but smile. If you are looking for a mystery that is easy to read and fun, then pick up a copy of this book! You’ll enjoy it!” J.P.

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Vickie Britton

Vickie Britton

Loretta Jackson

Loretta Jackson

Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson are not only experts in researching the setting for their novels; they also travel to the location to get a sense of the local scenery and to learn more about the culture. Britton holds a degree in British Literature and has taken courses in forensics and criminal justice. Jackson, a graduate of K.U., has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and at Mission Valley near Eskridge, Kansas. Both authors reside in Kansas.

Britton and Jackson are available for book signings and book club discussions.

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ISBN: 978-1-939054-17-3

Softcover: Perfect bind

Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Pages: 256