Poker Face: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery

by Paty Jager

Poker Face: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
by Paty Jager

About Poker Face

Poker Face: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
Murder Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher – Windtree Press
Number of Pages – 300+-
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Dela Alvaro is a disable veteran who grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. When an IED in Iraq ended her military career, she came home to reassess her life and landed a job in security at the Indian run casino on the reservation.


Not even a year into being the assistant to the head of security, the head of security is found working with a human trafficking ring and Dela is promoted on a trial basis. When one of the casino employees is found stabbed and stuffed in a laundry chute, she knows she can kiss head of security good-bye if she doesn’t find the killer before the media gets hold of the story.


While she is in over her head, she can’t decide if the FBI Special Agent called in to help is a blessing or a curse. It’s a man she ran across in Iraq who overrode her authority. When a second casino employee is killed, Dela has to decide if she can trust the special agent with not only keeping her job but keeping the rest of the casino employees safe.


About Paty Jager

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 51 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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– Jager character Guest Post –

Have you ever driven by an Indian Reservation and wondered what it would be like to live there?

I’m Dela Alvaro. I grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. When my mom was pregnant with me, we moved to the reservation for her to take on a teaching job. We lived there my whole life, and she still lives there.

When I was medically discharged from the army and after rehab, I returned, wanting to be near the people I grew up with and loved. While my dreams of becoming a state trooper or other law enforcement officer would never happen, I was offered a job at the casino as assistant to the head of security.  This wasn’t the job of my dreams, but I knew it was the best I would get since I was a lower limb amputee after a IED hit our jeep.

I enjoy working with the Umatilla People. They have become my family. Grandfather Thunder has lived next door to us my whole life. He is the only grandparent I know and he isn’t related. My father died before he married my mom, but I was on the way. It has been an interesting life growing up on the reservation with a Mom of Swedish ancestry and my father was Hispanic. I consider myself Latina but I’ve blended in with the reservation members and wish I were Indigenous.

My job at the Spotted Pony Casino as assistant to the Head of Security has now placed me as interim Head of Security. A few months ago, I helped State Trooper Gabriel Hawke, a Umatilla member, find a woman who went missing. She’d been a patron of the casino, and we discovered that a human trafficking ring had targeted Indigenous women through the casino. What really, curdled my stomach was finding out the Head of Security had been helping the trafficking ring. And that is how I am now interim Head of Security. You can read all about this in Stolen Butterfly, a Gabriel Hawke Novel.

In Poker Face, book one of my new series, a body is discovered shoved in a laundry chute on the tenth floor. My new job as head of security is in peril, unless I find the person responsible before the news finds out and ruins the reputation of the casino.

I’m always up for a challenge but I didn’t realize the challenge would partner me with FBI Special Agent Quinn Peirce. The agent and I had butt heads in Iraq when I was an MP. He swooped in as a Lieutenant in the Marine Special Task Force and took a prisoner that I’d arrested for raping an Iraqi woman. I’ve never forgiven him, and now I have to work with him to keep my job. The other problem with that…before my mishap with the IED, I had fantasized about the man.

Trying to find the killer of a casino accountant becomes a game of who is the suspect. There were several people who would gain from his murder but who was cold-bloodied enough to go through with it?

Poker Face    Book 1


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