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WILD INDIGO by Sandi Ault
WILD INDIGO introduced Resource Protection Agent Jamaica Wild and her wolf cub, Mountain. When Agent Wild witnesses a Pueblo man killed in a buffalo stampede, she suspects foul play. Her attempts to solve the mystery surrounding the man's death lead her through a maize of peyote rituals, forbidden kiva ceremonies, and even Hispanic witchcraft.
WILD INDIGO made nine bestseller lists and earned critical acclaim for author Sandi Ault.

Mary Higgins Clark, Sandi Ault, & EVP & Publisher of S&S, David Rosenthal

WILD INDIGO won the special Edgar Award®, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, presented by Ms. Higgins Clark herself.
WILD INDIGO has also reappeared on bestseller lists in paperback. It placed #8 on the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers bestseller list again in paperback.













    WILD INDIGO made its debut in paperback in February, 2008, and soon began making the regional bestseller lists again!

The high desert of New Mexico becomes the backdrop for this debut novel of ancient rituals, restless spirits, a desperate female Fed, and a crime that could destroy an entire culture!

WILD INDIGO continues to bring joy to mystery fans beyond the book—in audio and in large-print. Request your copy from your bookseller in the format of your choice! 


"[A] striking debut . . .Scenes of the high, dry, glittering landscape are as clean as sun-bleached bone, and there are thrills galore  . . But Ault is no less artful at depicting the marriage customs, funeral rites, and religious ceremonies that have drawn Jamaica to this tightly knit world and made her lose her heart to its people."

—The New York Times Book Review 


 "Read this for outdoor adventure and take a walk on the Wild side."

—The Rocky Mountain News





nine bestseller lists:

  1. #1 Bestselling New Mexico book at Amazon.com
  2. #3 Poisoned Pen hardcover bestseller for January, 2007
  3. #3 hardcover bestseller: The Olympian (WA)
  4. #3 hardcover bestseller: The Boulder Daily Camera (CO)
  5. #5 hardcover bestseller: The Seattle Times (WA)
  6. #5 Seattle Mystery Bookshop bestseller for January, 2007
  7. #8 hardcover bestseller: Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
  8. #8 Mystery Lovers Bookshop bestseller for February, 2007
  9. #8 Bestseller at the NEX, Hawaii


  • WILD INDIGO wins the special Edgar Award®, —the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award
  • WILD INDIGO is named one of the 100 most popular books by AllBookstores.com
  • The Rocky Mountain News names WILD INDIGO a spotlight pick of the week
  • WILD INDIGO is named a pick/notable for January, 2007 by Booksense
  • WILD INDIGO is nominated for an award by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
  • WILD INDIGO received STARRED REVIEWS from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal
  • WILD INDIGO is named the "book most worth waiting in line for" by the Santa Fe, NM Public Library

"Sandi Ault's WILD INDIGO is a smashing debut. BLM Range Rider Jamaica Wild (and her wolf, Mountain) are formidable new players in outdoor mystery fiction, and Ault's intense knowledge of Pueblo culture is an added bonus."
     — C.J. Box, author of FREE FIRE


"Wow! This novel is why readers like to read! It has everything . . .Read this one, and eagerly anticipate the next."

—Tulsa World 

"Sandi Ault uses her knowledge of the high-dry West to give us a look at Pueblo Indian Culture."
     —  Tony Hillerman


"Rich in Indian lore and lovely description . . .this powerful start shows great maturity and portends great things from Ault."

—Richmond Times Dispatch 

Mystery Scene Magazine
The action-packed climax is as exciting as any reader could want.
-Verna Suit

True West Magazine
Witches, shamans, FBI agents, missing children, newspaper reporters, a Forest Service boyfriend and rescued wolf cubs create a flock of oddball characters who liven up this highly-entertaining tale of a self-sufficient heroine
trying to understand Pueblo culture.
-Phyllis Morreale-de la Garza

New Mystery Reader
A magical tale filled with grace and vibrancy,this comes highly recommended.
-Stephanie Padilla

Reader's Club
This exciting debut, written with great respect for the Pueblo and their mystical traditions, marks the birth of a great new series.
-reviewed by Mark

"...an auspicious debut . . . . the compelling mixture of Ault's real-life passions form only a starting point for the adventure that ensues; the beautifully researched page-turner turns downright spooky as the plot thickens into a posole of ancient traditions and bruja magic. This isn't Hillerman country, not one bit: Ault has a sure franchise in Wild, whose second New Mexico exploit is already on the way,
and the series is purely her own."


CA Reviews
WILD INDIGO is an astonishingly assured debut novel.  I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Jamaica and Mountain.
—Deborah Hern

"When you start to read WILD INDIGO, you'll quickly discover it's a book for all senses . . . . This is a must-read,
must-own and must re-read book."
—Beryl Hall Bray

Armchair Interviews
If you are looking for a mystery that has car chases, lots of weaponry and hard-nosed detective work, Wild Indigo is not for you. If you want a great piece of literature that also includes a mystery, this is your next book.
—Jeff Foste


Library Journal, (Starred Review)
"Reviewers and readers will draw parallels between Ault's enlightening, well-researched debut, set in northern New Mexico,
and the mysteries of Tony Hillerman,
Nevada Barr, and Aimee and David Thurlo;
this is fine because she is that good.
Highly recommended for all mystery collections."

While you wait for the next one to come out, this book will keep you fascinated.
—Linda Scott

Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review)
"Ault’s strong debut . . . Tinged with mysticism, this artfully told story should appeal to fans…”

 Berkley Publishing Group
“I have been editing mysteries for close to 25 years . . . Simply put, Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault is the best debut mystery I have read in the past ten years.”
— Natalee Rosenstein, Vice President and Senior Executive Editor

Barnesandnoble.com Editors
“Sandi Ault's impressive debut novel Wild Indigo is simply put, a page-turner of the highest order. Ault's extensive knowledge of Southwest Native American culture aside, the real power behind this novel - the thing that makes Wild Indigo such a unique and compelling read - is the complex relationship between Wild and Mountain… and the intense bond that they share - the pack of two that they create - is as beautiful as it is bittersweet. Additionally, Ault deals with a myriad of sensitive themes . . . . with compassion and class. Carlos Castaneda meets Tony Hillerman.”
—Paul Goat Allen
“Sandi Ault’s new mystery series . . . gives the reader a chance to see the Native American world . . .through the eyes of a terrific, fun character…I loved it!”


“Ault blends the traditions and ceremonies from several Pueblo cultures, immersing the reader in Pueblo life and the beauty of northern New Mexico. An enjoyable series debut…



Kirkus Reviews

“Ault's portrait of Pueblo life and the conflict of cultures she dramatizes are integral to her rousing debut.”

The Washington Post
"Wild Indigo crackles with life and novelty."


Alfred Hitchcok's Mystery Magazine

"Ault's fluid writing allows her to weave Native American lore, traditions, and mysticism into her narrative naturally and effectively.  Jamaica Wild is a name that seems to conjure a free spirit, and in her debut she certainly lives up to that suggestion."
—Robert C. Hahn


"Sandi Ault's WILD INDIGO is a fascinating, deeply mysterious read.  I loved it."

     —  Jayne Ann Krentz

WILD INDIGO Jacket 2007 Berkley Prime Crime
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