Marilyn Wright Dayton's Books
I have always loved fiction. It has the power to enlarge our humanity. It can show us other faces of suffering, can change our perspective with new ideas and experiences. And through fiction, we can bear witness to a democracy in writing, of opening ourselves up to all the discomforts of contrary perceptions, feelings, guilts, improprieties of thought, and working through them somehow with language to find some sort of fact. Something may happen and be a lie, another thing may not happen and seem truer than the truth. It's as if both writer and reader are trying to get at actuality, whether it is a real occurrence or not.
And so, with my first book, I share with you fictional short stories I have written over many years. They talk of four friends in a nursing home who solve mysteries. There are stories of murder on the Bayou, complete with the Cajun lingo...very fun to say out loud. Two of the stories are more of a reflection of life in a different place with a different time. Time travel? Fiction? Maybe, maybe not. I hope you enjoy these stories, that take you away to somewhere interesting, somewhere different, away from your daily thoughts and dreams. Travel with me through the Tales of Life, Mystery & Murder! Click on the Book Cover to see Promo Video Now available in Kindle too. ORDER HERE
Copyright 2021 by Marilyn Wright Dayton
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"Our Roots Run Deep", the wRightSide Family History Through many plastic totes of information, I was able to trace our family directly back to the days of the Vikings, through the Norman Conquest, the War of 1066, and so much more. Inside this book are included also many historical aspects that show what life was like during each time period. There is even a branch of our family that goes back to Eric the Forester. He was the brother of Eric the Red, and uncle to Leif Ericson (Eric's son) who originally discovered North America.
This book was 50 years in the making, a labor of love and dedication to our family, my father's ancestors, the Wrights. How proud I am of him, as he found a link to life that was beyond his dreams, and beyond mine.
Everyone should do genealogical research. It opens your eyes to who you really are, and how you became who you are. Fascinating. Find your ancestors. It is an amazing journey, one well worth taking.
For those of you curious and if you have a Wright in your family, check out our website,
My book "Reflexions, Lessons Learned Along Life's Journey", is now available on Amazon. This book is based on my blog "From Glam 2 Gram", (see more on the Blog page here). Stories are merely memories given a certain tangibility with words, and it only takes a few words to subsume a memory completely. Many have told me to write a book based on stories from my life, which, to be truthful has been quite an adventure. This blog has now become a book, "Reflexions." Click on the Book Cover on the right for the Promo Video. And thank you for being so loyal and reading and commenting on my blog for these many years. It was so much fun to create it, and leave something behind that talks about my life and who I was. Order Here
Coming in 2021! My full-length novel. "Murder On The Mesa", A Hightower Mystery.
She was to meet him so they could start their new life...together. But it doesn't happen. Her murder starts a riviting story in "Murder on The Mesa". Four ladies who live in a nursing home love to talk about and solve mysteries and murders. Adapted from the original three short stories (in "Beyond, Tales of Life, Mystery & Murder", the author takes these fun gals into a new novel, a fictional adventure into "another world". There is a murder on the edge of the Hopi Reservation in the Southwest, and it needs to be solved before there are more deaths. And it's up to "Weezie" Hightower to solve it.
There can be mysteries in everyday life, especially when you look for them. Here is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you guess "who done it", then change your mind as another possibility comes up. And sometimes you need to go back to the basics as you follow the case, learning more clues, and more clues...wondering where it will end.
Coming in 2023! My second murder mystery novel. "The Faces of Murder", A Hightower Mystery.
What's in a face? There is something in a person's eyes that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. Something haunting and unsettling. Names can come and go, but not the faces. You don't forget a face, especially one that reflects a dead person. Or two.
Join the four ladies who live in a nursing home, but love to solve murders and mystery. Led by "Weezie" Hightower, they set out to help solve a multi-murder mystery. Who are these dead people? And who killed them?
This is the second murder mystery novel in the Hightower Mystery Series, based on characters in several short stories written by the author Marilyn Wright Dayton. Follow along and join these four 'feisty' seniors as they pool their thoughts and ideas as they search for the answers.
Coming in 2023! My third mystery novel. "Murder on Trial", A Hightower Mystery.
A young man is on trial for murder. There are almost too many clues...what is the real story? Retired P. I. "Weezie" Hightower and her three senior friends, who also live in the nursing home, find the story confusing as they work together to solve the mystery before the verdict that would send him to his death.
This is the third murder mystery novel in the Hightower Mystery Series, based on characters in several short stories written by the author Marilyn Wright Dayton. Follow along and join these four 'feisty' seniors as they pool their thoughts and ideas as they search for the answers.
Coming in 2024! My fourth mystery novel. "A Question of Murder", A Hightower Mystery.
The case is cold...VERY cold. Jake Hightower brings in his aunt "Weezie", retired P. I., to help solve a case she and her late husband had worked on a couple of decades ago. There was always that question..."was it murder or suicide?"
In this riveting mystery, a stubborn group of elderly women who love to solve mysteries help Jake and "Weezie" disprove the original claim of suicide for a reawakened crime. Was it the first in a series of murders? Other's lives could be at stake.
This is the fourth murder mystery novel in the Hightower Mystery Series, based on characters in several short stories written by the author Marilyn Wright Dayton. Follow along and join these four 'feisty' seniors as they pool their thoughts and ideas as they search for the answers.
Coming in 2024! My fifth mystery novel. "Murder on High", A Hightower Mystery.
No one expects to find dead bodies on a plane, but that is what happens to Bitsy, and her screams sound even louder up in the clouds. Bitsy and her three friends are taking a small holiday that will not end up as planned. Leading them in solving this mystery is "Weezie" Hightower, retired P. I. What they find could put their lives in danger, and will give them nightmares for a long time.
This is the fifth murder mystery novel in the Hightower Mystery Series, based on characters in several short stories written by the author Marilyn Wright Dayton. Follow along and join these four 'feisty' seniors as they pool their thoughts and ideas as they search for the answers.
Order here! My editing collection book. "Beyond 2", Strange But True Short Stories.
This is a collection of tales that are "Strange But True", based on real life experiences. Each story is different, from a different person. People who are normal, sane, who perhaps didn't believe that something like this could happen. Strange dreams. Deja vu. Shadows in the night. Premonitions of disaster. Click on the Book Cover on the Left to see the Promo Video.
The similarities are in how extraordinary the stories are. Some are about ghosts, visitations, visitors or visions, or premonitions. Do these 'story tellers' believe that such things could happen? They do now.
Come along with us, and see what you believe. The more you read, the more you will believe...
Order Now! My first full-length novel. "The Hollow Soul".
This is a fictional novel about a man on a mythical search, who becomes obsessed with his power to save the world. And a woman who represents our government to seek out his hidden validity, but who must look inside her own soul for that key.
Joseph Pahana is a leader in the Hopi Nation who enters the white world, bringing a compelling perspective to the 'dark American dream', as he is considered for a run at the Presidency. He soon finds himself stuck in the middle of political foul play and the subject of the current administration's interest. Maya Chardon is an Anthropologist and is proud of her own American Indian heritage, and the FBI brings her into play as a spy to get close to the candidate Pahana. She too finds herself embarking on a journey that takes her through a mystical, emotional exploration of the relationships between the beliefs and rituals of the American Hopi Nation and the white man's use of political power and greed as a destructive tool to reach status and success.
A novel originally written back in 1993, (that did have publishing house interests but needed to be rewritten). And so today, I am doing just that. Click the photo on the right to see the video promo for the book.
Coming in 2021! A Fictional Treat. "The Knowing Tree".
"LIFE" goes on all around us and we don't usually think very much about it...in the ground, in the air, in the water, in the plant life. This is the story of one tree - a witness to history, to love, to sorrow, to death. It tell us what "she" witnesses over several centuries - how she watches, how she knows - the life of many under her protective branches, even messages written on her "skin"...
We learn about lives, wars, loves found and lost, family and friends who meet again after decades and witness their changes, but yet how they have stayed the same. We can simply read and enjoy, or we can feel the emotions, full of history, that could change our own lives.
Exciting news!! Coming soon is my first book in the series of five for the Hightower Mysteries.
This series involves three ladies in their early seventies, fun and feisty, along with their "Cackle Gang" leader Weezie Hightower, a retired private investigator. They do more than just play cards together. They actually solve crimes! In these five books, along with retired detective Guy Davis, they investigate murder mysteries, sometimes escaping their lives in the nursing home, enjoying life and the mystery of it all. Think of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple...these books pull you in to wonder where it is all going and how it is all going to end!!