The fictional landscape of Rueful Death closely resembles that of the Texas Hill Country, and some of its characters eat, drink, and carry on like me people who live there. However, the town and county of Carr are wholly imaginary, St. Theresa’s is a monastery of the mind, and the Sisters of me Holy Heart are a fictional creation. Don’t let the bits of real life mat the author slips in from time to time fool you into thinking that the characters, settings, and events of this book are anything but figments of an insubordinate imagination.

Here in this place

I’ll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace;

Rue, even for ruth, shall shortly here be seen…

Shakespeare, Richard III


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