Welcome to my bookshelf . . .

I write fiction for children and adults. My first middle-grade novel went to print in 2012, my second in 2014, and a third, Seeking Cassandra, released April 15, 2016.  This year, I'm adding adult mystery, which I publish as Lu Clifton. My first mystery, Scalp Dance, released February 17, 2016. I have several other books in the works, so drop by soon to see what's new on my shelves.


MYSTERIOUS BOOK EVENTS IN APRIL: I'll be signing both Scalp Dance and Seeking Cassandra 


Hearth and Garden, Durant IL Saturday April 9, 10:00 – 12:00

Pecatonica Public Library, Pecatonica, IL Saturday April 16, 10:00 - 12:00

Higher Grounds, Freeport IL, Saturday April 23, 10:00 – 12:00

Barnes & Noble Cherryvale Mall, Rockford IL , Saturday April 30, !:00 – 3:00


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Breakiing News: Seeking Cassandra, Middle-grade mystery (ages 8-12), releases in April. Here's the Kirkus Review:


While she's playing detective to find three ancient Plano arrowheads, sheltered 12-year-old Cassie is also gathering clues about life. Cassie is a girl in transition. Her divorced parents are both following their dreams: her mother is in Germany on business, and Cassie is spending the summer with her dad, who is . . . in Palo Duro Canyon becoming a park ranger. In the past, Cassie has gone along and tried to fit in. But her experiences roughing it in the semiarid canyon push tenderfoot Cassie . . . outside her comfort zone physically and emotionally. Meeting people with a variety of life experiences, learning the history of the land and native peoples, training for hikes, and immersing herself in the mystery of arrowheads that have disappeared from an archaeological dig broadens Cassie's perspective and sharpens her interpretive skills. The setting is vivid and the unusual cast, richly developed. Cassie narrates and is honest, sometimes painfully so, about her feelings and often biased assumptions . . . As she opens herself to new friends and information, Cassie is better able to assess her life and make decisions about her future. . . . An unexpectedly deep mystery with plenty of talking points. (January 20. 2016)







Breaking News: New Release Date for Scalp Dance: February 17, 2016


STARRED REVIEW! The Library Journal describes Scalp Dance as "Compelling . . . vividly rendering southeastern Oklahoma settings -- the Ouachita Mountains, the Red River Valley, and the Chickasaw National Recreation area . . . this book will thrill readers of Jean Hager's "Mitch Bushyhead" and "Molly Bearpaw" mysteries or anyone interested in Native American lore."


Kirkus Review says Scalp Dance is a "fine procedural debut . . . made even more interesting by its detailed informtion on Native American ceremonies."


Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky, says "An intriguing page-turner! Lu Clifton has written a hard-to-put-down mystery rich in the lore and culture of the Choctaw Nation. And Tribal Police Lieutenant Sam Chittois is as smart and savvy as he is likable, the kind of character who gets under your skin. I look forward to his next outing."