Dr. Rebecca Stitcher has been a character in the first two Gideon Marshall Mysteries (BE CAREFUL, DR. RENNER and THE STITCHER FILE), and she is an important, if not the driving character, in the third book of this mysteries series, titled THE EARTHQUAKE LADY (soon to be released as an e-book). The main thing one needs to know about Dr. Stitcher is that she was murdered at the beginning of THE STITCHER FILE. The third book, THE EARTHQUAKE LADY, involves evidence, with the paleontologist Gideon Marshall and his extremely perceptive wife Mykala being heavily involved in activities of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and not necessarily of their own choice.
Dr. Stitcher is a character and a victim because she is (was) a genius-level scientist, a geologist and mathematician whose theoretical research in plate tectonics provides essential elements of an ideal weapon of mass destruction, or at least so believe a number of other characters, some of whom have enormous financial resources. Dr. Stitcher was also a very unhappy person, a recluse, and quite disdainful of her fellow faculty members at this small, heavily endowed, liberal arts college in Iowa; some readers might say that she had good reason to be this way, based on her interactions with her former boss, the infamous Clyde Renner, victim of a perfect murder by his bullied staff (BE CAREFUL, DR. RENNER).
A potential cover model for THE EARTHQUAKE LADY should be in her 30s or 40s (Dr. Stitcher was in her early 50s at the time of her death). The draft cover is shown above. If anyone is interested in replacing the figure in this cover image, send me an e-mail. There will be a written use agreement that protects both of us from problems relative to the use of such an image.
Links to the first two Gideon Marshall Mysteries are on my web site.