Historical Fiction

Jack Bannister Mystery Series

Black Mule Press is proud to announce its newest release: 

Leftover Soldiers, Life on the Western Frontier. 

Many thanks to Doctor Liane Laroque for my first review. 

"A bold tale of the end of the civil war when soldiers, Union and Confederate alike, found themselves with no war to fight and no jobs to return to. Four men find themselves without direction and form a lifelong friendship. This is their story from the dust of Texas to the hail storms of Wyoming, the cattle drives, and buffalo hunting. Entwistle holds nothing back in this tale. There’s nothing romantic — his words make it clear the West was not for the faint of heart."
Dr. Liane Laroque, Los Angeles

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​​Murder Mysteries

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Check out our 2019 catalogue


The Drift is the first in the Jack Bannister mystery series. It is a contemporary crime story combined with an historical lost gold mine mystery, all taking place in the Cripple Creek gold mining district. There are bad guys, good guys and a lost treasure, as well as plenty of action and great characters.

Uranium Drive-In is the second in the Jack Bannister series and takes place in the uranium country of Western Colorado and throughout the state. The team takes on a case of an attempted assassination of a presidential candidate and uncovers long dormant family secrets that shakes the family to its core.  

TheTaylor Legacy is a multi-generational historical novel about immigrant families blending together to become a great American ranching family in the mountains of Colorado. It is the story of how the Taylor family from Uranium Drive-In, came to be a ranching powerhouse. It has escaped slaves and confederate soldiers as well as Chinese and Mexican ancestors, and starts before the Civil War. 

New Mexicois a traditional period western with a man-hunting sheriff and a bunch of outlaws working some of the roughest country in the West. The lead character, Jose Taylor, is drawn from a character in The Taylor Legacy, and follows his career as a man-hunter of some of the worst murderers, thieves and rustlers in the last decades of the 19th century. 

The Black Rose Banker, is a stand-alone mystery, not part of the Jack Bannister series. It's a novella, about half the length of a novel. It's done in the style of a 1950s "cozy".  It's a story about a brilliant, beautiful female serial killer and the FBI agent obsessed with tracking her down.

Murder in the Dell, is a plot-driven, stand-alone mystery. In the northwest corner of  Wisconsin, a serial killer is murdering people and discarding their bodies in the snowy winter woods wrapped in black construction plastic. The sheriff of the smallest, most remote department in the state is charged with catching the Black Plastic Killer.

Leftover Soldiers, is an historical novel starting at the last battle of the Civil War near Brownsville, Texas. When the blood stops flowing and the rifles are stacked hundreds of men from both sides are left without a family, a place to go or any way of making a living. It is a story about four ex-soldiers making their way on the rough edges of the American Frontier working as buffalo runners in the early days of the hide trade and cowboys moving one of the first herds of longhorn cattle from San Antonio to Cheyenne, in the Wyoming Territory. They battle Indians, outlaws, the land and old hatreds to find their future in the new West.