“Microbial Mysteries” is book 0 in the alphabetical MayaVerse series, including prequel short stories. Readers are immersed in four decades of disease investigations with veterinary epidemiologists and other public health specialists. See the title, plot dates, and a brief introduction for each story below.
This story features Maya’s future mentors, Nancy Bingham and Fred Grinwold, at the beginning of their public health careers along the Mexican border. The story received an award from the Arizona Mystery Writers.
In another Nancy Bingham/Fred Grinwold story, a hard-driving immigrant from El Salvador juggles his acclaimed Tucson restaurant, a new relationship with a county epidemiologist, and his pet bearded dragon.
Nancy Bingham takes the lead in investigating Arizona’s first coronavirus infection while struggling to maintain her long-distance relationship with Fred Grinwold.
This short story sets the stage for Maya Maguire’s eventual return to her country of birth, China.
At the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, the public health career is launched for Faye Simpson, future veterinary mentor for series protagonist, Dr. Maya Maguire.
Faye Simpson hops the pond to London and Saudi Arabia for the emergence of coronavirus in camels and spillover to humans.
This graphic poem provides a snapshot of the COVID pandemic.
In this reverse narrative story, a young mother in New York City struggles with the mysterious hospitalization of her five-year-old daughter; Faye Simpson finds the answer.
Class differences in Washington, DC influence the outcome of infection with a dangerous neurologic parasite.
A teenager visiting Santa Fe joins a young man she meets at the swimming pool in an ill-fated trip to a New Mexico hot spring.
In this alternative history story, a mother attempts to find Christmas Eve joy during an ice storm and the COVID pandemic. But her world has been altered from ours because Pope John Paul II did not survive the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt.
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