J & D Burges

a husband-and-wife writing team

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Having lived for many years on the edge of the Navajo Nation, they write with cheerful authority about open spaces, big lakes, and the unique mix of cultures captured in their Naomi Manymules stories.

Their mysteries are now hatched in a cottage in the woods near a lake. Really! It’s a great place to plot light-hearted homicides. When they’re not doing that or working out, they might be dancing. There’s also some knitting and woodworking going on.

They can’t resist interfering in each other’s work. It’s often hard for them to remember which story idea originated where and whose words made it into the final draft. Each of them claims that the best lines belong to the other.



“The two of them stood there gawking at me, and I could see myself running naked hrough their imaginations. Good lord."

— Naomi Manymules, Coyote Alibi








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