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The Water Master
THE WATER MASTER — a tale of murder, deception, survival and redemption.
Susan Bradley, searching for spiritual renewal, falls in love with the spellbinding Jay Glasser---her Wiccan High Priest and mentor. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage in Illinois, she and Jay move to the desert Northwest community of Pasco, Washington. Their creepy and obnoxious landlord, Charlie Gottschalk, brags about being the local Watermaster and neighborhood watch guy, but Susan suspects he is more than that as he interferes with her marriage. Jay’s unusual friendship with Charlie changes him for the worse - much worse.
When Susan begins her new job in Dr. Elwin’s office, discrepancies in the files thrust her into an embezzlement investigation that leads to none other than Charlie’s grouchy sister, Silvia, as the thief. Detective Dale Freeman directs the investigation but has his own suspicions about Charlie as he reopens a cold case involving the disappearance of the previous tenants of Susan and Jay’s shabby rent-to-own house. As Dale and Susan venture further into uncovering the deceit and destruction the Gottschalk’s have left behind, Susan’s closely held secret, once revealed, puts Susan in life-threatening danger. Can Susan survive the flood of evil unleashed by the Watermaster?
Betsy Dickinson was born and raised north of Chicago, in Waukegan, Illinois. She moved to the desert Northwest in 1992.
She has a Bachelors degree in Earth Science and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked in the drug and alcohol counseling field for many years and consulted with business and industry on human resources issues. For over ten years she has been a Human Resources manager for a large school district.
Betsy has traveled to Canada, England and all but one of the fifty United States. Her camera travels with her and she strives to capture a unique vision in her landscape and nature photography. Samples of her desert Northwest photos can be viewed here on this website.
She is married with a step-son and owns three rescue dogs. She is a pianist, has owned an herb store, been a Wiccan High Priestess, and generally led a non-linear life. She draws on all of these experiences to develop intriguing scenes in her debut novel, THE WATER MASTER.