Greg Lilly


“Greg Lilly gives us some unforgettable characters and his ability to create them is amazing. The residents of Sedona are the kind of people you will never forget.”

— Amos Lassen, Literary Pride

The latest Derek Mason Mystery...

“SCALPING THE RED ROCKS is an exciting, well-written page-turner of a mystery, which will keep you guessing as you slowly learn more about each of its colorful, complex characters...I’ll kick the red dust off my boots, and give this five full stars out of five!”

— Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Greg Lilly

Author Greg Lilly

“With eco-terrorists, wildfire and a shocking scalping, Greg Lilly’s SCALPING THE RED ROCKS rips the mask off the superficial New Age haven of Sedona, Arizona, to reveal its darker side, in a don’t-put-it-down mystery that will keep you guessing right up to its stunning climax. A winner!”

— Kris Neri, author of REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE and


“Greg Lilly showcases his mastery of characterization, setting, and suspense in SCALPING THE RED ROCKS.”

— Keith Pyeatt, author of STRUCK and DARK KNOWLEDGE


Hear Greg discuss writing SCALPING THE RED ROCKS. Interview on Page Readers.



Something's askew in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. The town's inhabitants are divided by urban growth. Some entrepreneurs try to make a quick buck by selling out the very aspect of the town that drew them: the awe-inspiring views and natural beauty. Spirited, passionate, and a bit mettlesome, Derek Mason helps his aunt Ruby find her place in the New Age haven, but instead they discover her real estate agent scalped in an empty condo. The crafty real estate agent had intended to sell off part of the pristine landscape, to scalp the land to the highest bidder, but someone scalped him first.

Derek meets Myra and Topher, best friends with a shared secret from Devil's Bridge; Kimbo Blue, a former child star from Hollywood with a eunuch-ness that defies his adult persona; Clarity Received, the New Age girlfriend of the victim; and Tricia, the diva ex-wife. Along with a troupe of paranoid art gallery owners, gossipy sales clerks, sexy day workers, and a Jeep-driving Yavapai-Apache, the quirky characters of the resort town hamper Derek's attempts to expose the killer.

Small town secrets, shady deals, and serial arsonists threaten to throw Derek off the trail. The destructive power of greed materializes in the idyllic setting, and Derek struggles to keep his sense of self-value over the immediate gratification of self-indulgence. Temptation from his past jeopardizes his future, unless he can tame his libido and focus. Or will he lose his head too?


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Under a Copper Moon

Under a Copper Moon is a story of grit, daring, perseverance, and a splash of Lady Marmalade in the Late Victorian era when men were strong and women were supposed to be coy and quiet... But no one could convince Inez of that.





At the beginning of the twentieth century, the New York Post branded Jerome, Arizona the "Wickedest Town in America."

From mine explosions, rowdy men, and enterprising prostitutes to Chinese slavery, opium dens, and a lonely sheriff, a young girl fights her way to independence and respect.



It's 1894 and a young woman finds herself alone and hopeless after her mother dies, then she discovers adventure in a newspaper ad.

After a long train ride across the country, Inez meets her future husband Josiah who paid for her trip to the mining town of Jerome in the Arizona Territory. Before the wedding, she boards with Sam and Lottie, Josiah's friends. Being a true Victorian age woman, Lottie decides to mold Inez into the perfect lady.

The copper mining town of Jerome is booming. Inez has never encountered so many different types of people, some more mysterious than others. Her inquisitiveness may get the best of her.

As circumstances twist, turn, and buckle, Inez discovers another side of the town: elegant parlor houses, the mysterious Navajo Onalee, Mr. Zhen and his Chinese laundry girls, the town's handsome sheriff, and a new best friend Pearl who fancies striped stockings and a sip or two of wine.



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