Praise for Hiding Gladys

Don't miss, Cleo Cooper, the sexy, funny, no-nonsense geologist and mother of two adults, who is balancing job and lovers, a rattlesnake and a deerhound named Tulip, not to mention a surprisingly-placed corpse, in this fast-paced, captivating debut novel, Hiding Gladys, by soon-to-be star, Lee Mims.

Susan Dunlap
author of No Footprints



Mims’s solid debut introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, whose find of a huge, previously undiscovered granite deposit in coastal North Carolina can make her rich—if she and her drilling crew survive the exploration . . . . Both Cleo and Gladys must fight for their lives against a killer who's desperate to win. . . [R]eaders will want to get to know Cleo better in future installments.

Publishers Weekly



Hiding Gladys is fast-paced, lively and hard to put down, with Cleo Cooper a smart, fearless heroine. Lee Mims brings this intrepid geologist's world to life as we watch Cleo chase her high-stakes mining dreams through the North Carolina backwoods, Smith & Wesson by her side.

Julia Pomeroy
author of No Safe Ground


Geologist Cleo Cooper is a whip-smart sleuth with a wit and mouth to match. Add greedy relatives, a conniving colleague, and a feisty would-be victim, plus a plot as twisty-turny as the North Carolina mountain roads, and you’ve got a rock-solid debut.

Leslie Budewitz
author of Books, Crooks & Counselors


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