Wolf Valley is a murder mystery that unfolds in rugged Temecula, California, 1954. I was delighted to run across this gem of a book. A strong sense of time, place, and authenticity informs Wolf Valley throughout, and the author makes extremely clever use of real-life characters including the late mystery writer, Erle Stanley Gardner. The book's historical underpinnings, carefully explained in the author's foreward, are as fascinating and full of surprises as the story itself. As for the protagonist, it's a breath of fresh air to find one without the usual complement of exaggerated character flaws. The book's Native American theme is fascinating and thoughtful without being overwrought. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Wolf Valley with private investigator Eric Lloyd and the colorful Uncle Erle.