Carpenter Universe — A Universe from the Mind of Robert McKay

An almost real life Albuquerque, NM, in which Darvin Carpenter, and his family, friends, and acquaintances live and work. If you visit Albuquerque, you'll be able to find ALMOST every place that appears in the Carpenter universe. However, there are differences. :) Darvin is a PI, and most of the Carpenter universe stories involve him as the narrator. However, some stories only peripherally bring him in, or not at all - but they take place in his Albuquerque.

  Title Description Size Dnlds Votes Score
1

Raven's Missing Wing
Mystery
Darvin Carpenter investigates a ceremonial raven's wing fan that shows up in a Santa Fe art gallery - almost certainly stolen from the Lahtkwa Nation.
Tags: Puzzles, Western
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
17 KB 2446 380 6.14
2

Darvin and a Rifle Gun
Mystery
In order to dissuade a blackmailer, Darvin Carpenter proves to be a better rifle shot.
Tags: Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
29 KB 3108 409 6.14
3

The Chief
Mystery
Darvin Carpenter reluctantly returns to Red Hawk, OK, where he was once a cop, to serve for a year as the chief of police - and winds up dealing with the first murder the town has had in years.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
290 KB 10565 446 7.23
4

Ghost
Romance
Darvin Carpenter's first love appears out of the blue, like a ghost from the past.
Tags: Drama, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
27 KB 1797 203 6.11
5

Red Hawk
Mystery
This is actually the second Carpenter novel, but it's the first which is available for me to post. This is the first visit of the Carpenters to Red Hawk since Darvin left Red Hawk back in the 80s. It ties in with a short story called "Ghost," which I'm also posting so you can get the background of this novel. Also, because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback from The Chief, I'll be posting more chapters at a time. :)
Tags: Romance, Crime, Drama, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
410 KB 5731 207 6.57
6

A Wall of Fire
Mystery
Darvin takes a bodyguard job - a woman's ex-husband is threatening her. It begins to get exciting...
Tags: Crime, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
453 KB 5953 190 6.31
7

Where You Go
Mystery
One of Darvin's friends apparently commits suicide, but Darvin knows it was murder. Proving it, though, becomes an obsession which threatens his marriage.
Tags: Crime, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
374 KB 3492 111 6.40
8

Something
Mystery
When on their yearly vacation to Lanfair Valley in California's Mojave Desert, the Carpenters find a dessicated body. Like it or not, they're involved in the investigation.
Tags:
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
361 KB 2996 115 7.04
9

Angels' Hands
Mystery
A man hires Darvin Carpenter to find his daughter, who's been missing for years and he's tracked to Albuquerque. But it turns out that his daughter goes to church with Darvin - and ran away from home because her father was raping her. This carries on the story of *Flower In the Wind* - see my newest blog post and that story for more info.
Tags: Crime, Religion
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
324 KB 2188 71 6.41
10

Flower in the Wind
Romance
Alan McGee decides to take part in his church's program of witnessing to prostitutes - and runs into a friend from his childhood working the street in Albuquerque. This is a retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, but takes place in the Carpenter universe and connects to the Carpenter story *Angels' Hands*. Unlike the Carpenter Stories this is definitely Christian fiction. See my blog post of 23JAN12 for more info. :)
Tags: Romance, Religion
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
232 KB 1802 77 8.09
11

Genesis
Romance
Genesis Carter confesses adultery to her husband, the pastor of a church in Albuquerque. The resulting sorrows lead to his conversion, and a stronger marriage.
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted: Concluded:
408 KB 1199 50 6.11
12

Unalienable Rights
Mystery
Darvin Carpenter agrees to try to find out who's making frightening threats against an abortion clinic, even though he finds abortion repulsive.
Tags: Crime, Religion
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted: Concluded:
509 KB 2188 45 6.37
13

Adown
Romance
Yirmeyah Hudson comes from rural Texas to Albuquerque to pastor a church, and - without realizing it - to meet his wife. See my blog post for some detailed information about the story. :)
Tags: Romance, Spiritual, Religion
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted: Concluded:
337 KB 1722 39 6.81
14

Munchkin's Money
Mystery
A very prickly and unpleasant woman is the victim of a stalker, and Kim Il-chae takes her case. Though Kim is small, she manages to convince the stalker to leave his victim alone.
Tags: Crime, Mystery, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
17 KB 586 68 6.03
15

Juchae
Mystery
Albuquerque PI Kim Il-chae takes on a client who thinks someone's trying to kill him. The client's right - and Kim comes face to face with a soldier in the Mafia.
Tags: Crime, Mystery, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
40 KB 605 64 5.98
16

The Walking Wounded
Romance
Kevin "Big Kev" Farley rides into Albuquerque on his Hog looking for a church, and on the run from angry bikers back in Fresno, CA. He finds what he's looking for, and a whole lot more.
Tags: Romance, Religion
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
415 KB 2532 93 8.32
17

Dead and Over
Mystery
After someone whose case he'd turned down becomes a murder victim right under Darvin Carpenter's office window, he sets out to find out who did it.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
318 KB 1412 39 6.28
18

One Flesh
Romance
When he's not looking for one, Roberto Vargas meets a nice girl. She's not looking for a nice boy either, but he is one, and much to their surprise the meeting becomes more than just a friendship.
Tags: Romance, Religion
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted: Concluded:
640 KB 2240 34 8.31
19

Do Not Despise
Mystery
Darvin Carpenter takes on the task of finding and rescuing a young girl who's in the hands of child pornographers.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Religion, Mystery, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
258 KB 1724 55 7.33
20

A Strong Woman
Mystery
Someone rapes a woman who's just become a Christian and joined Darvin Carpenter's church, and she hires him to find and catch the rapist.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Religion, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
290 KB 1509 42 6.50
21

Hadassah
Romance
A Christian high school student has to tell her parents she's pregnant - and that simple fact disrupts everyone's plans.
Tags: Romance, Religion
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
224 KB 1052 36 6.49
22

Life Is Short
Mystery
Someone's killing homeless people in Albuquerque, and because Darvin Carpenter knows people in the police department, and has some abilities that could help the investigation, he and Cecelia become part of the task force looking for the murderer.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Mystery
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
446 KB 2151 55 7.49
23

High Flight
Romance
The Air Force forbids "fraternization" between officers and enlisted troops. But what happens when a lieutenant and a senior airman come to love each other? Both love the Air Force, both love their careers, and both love each other... and something's got to give.
Tags: Romance, Religion, Military
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
507 KB 1946 73 6.55
24

Sweet Home Alabama
Mystery
After the serial murder investigation in Life Is Short, Cecelia Carpenter needs to relax, so the family takes off for her hometown of Leanna, AL. But there are still a few Klansmen about, and relaxation isn't so easy.
Tags: Romance, Crime, Violence, Religion, Mystery, Detective
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted: Concluded:
370 KB 2139 49 7.71