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Funeral Train: A Dust Bowl Mystery


In her gripping follow-up to the widely acclaimed Dust Bowl Mystery Death of a Rainmaker, Laurie Loewenstein brings 1930s Oklahoma evocatively to life.

Forthcoming: 10/4/22

$18.95 $14.21

What people are saying…

“Set in 1935, ‘smack in the crosshairs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl,’ Loewenstein’s excellent sequel to 2018’s Death of a Rainmaker continues the saga of life in the small town of Vermillion, Okla . . . Loewenstein gives a rich sense of the period and place, and dramatically shows how hard times can bring out the best in some and the worst in others. Historical regional mysteries don’t get much better than this.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Loewenstein handles the investigatory details well enough, but the book’s richer rewards are its finely rendered portraits of small-town life under trying circumstances. She creates a vivid cast of gossips and cranks, loners and busy bodies. Some are lovable, some are not. All are connected to the secrets that lie just beneath the surface of the town’s dusty streets.” —Washington Post, one of “Five New Thrillers to Kick Off Your Fall Reading”

“The sequel to Death of a Rainmaker . . . is just as atmospheric. The anguish and struggles of the Dust Bowl and Depression years are vividly depicted in this historical mystery.”
Library Journal

“A portrait of Depression-era America so searingly authentic that the topsoil practically blows off each page.”
—Louis Bayard, author of Jackie & Me

“[T]his striking historical mystery . . . is brooding and gritty and graced with authenticity.”
—NPR on Death of a Rainmaker (book one in the Dust Bowl Mystery series), One of the Best Books of 2018


Already suffering the privations of the 1930s Dust Bowl, an Oklahoma town is further devastated when a passenger train derails—flooding its hospital with the dead and maimed. Among the seriously wounded is Etha, wife of Sheriff Temple Jennings. Overwhelmed by worry for her, the sheriff must regain his footing to investigate the derailment, which rapidly develops into a case of sabotage.

The following night, a local recluse is murdered. Temple has a hunch that this death is connected to the train wreck. But as he dissects the victim’s life with help from the recuperating and resourceful Etha, he discovers a tangle of records that make a number of townsfolk suspects in the murder.

Temple’s investigations take place against the backdrop of the Great Depression—where bootlegging, petty extortion, courage, and bravado play out in equal measure.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Published: 10/4/22
  • IBSN: 9781636140520
  • e-IBSN: 9781636140650
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • IBSN: 9781636140513


LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN is the author of the novels Unmentionables and Death of a Rainmaker, the first in the Dust Bowl Mystery series and a finalist for a 2019 Oklahoma Book Award. She teaches at Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing and is a fifth-generation Midwesterner. Funeral Train: A Dust Bowl Mystery is her latest work.

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