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.

1 Raven's Missing Wing

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Puzzles, Western
Downloads: 2533| Votes: 383 | Score: 6.14
Size: 17KB | Posted:

2 Darvin and a Rifle Gun

In order to dissuade a blackmailer, Darvin Carpenter proves to be a better rifle shot.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Detective
Downloads: 3210| Votes: 413 | Score: 6.15
Size: 29KB | Posted:

3 The Chief

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Detective
Downloads: 10684| Votes: 450 | Score: 7.27
Size: 290KB | Posted: Concluded:

4 Ghost

Darvin Carpenter's first love appears out of the blue, like a ghost from the past.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Drama, Detective
Downloads: 1851| Votes: 205 | Score: 6.13
Size: 27KB | Posted:

5 Red Hawk

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. :)

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Drama, Detective
Downloads: 5823| Votes: 209 | Score: 6.59
Size: 410KB | Posted: Concluded:

6 A Wall of Fire

Darvin takes a bodyguard job - a woman's ex-husband is threatening her. It begins to get exciting...

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Detective
Downloads: 6044| Votes: 194 | Score: 6.32
Size: 453KB | Posted: Concluded:

7 Where You Go

One of Darvin's friends apparently commits suicide, but Darvin knows it was murder. Proving it, though, becomes an obsession which threatens his marriage.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Detective
Downloads: 3564| Votes: 114 | Score: 6.40
Size: 374KB | Posted: Concluded:

8 Something

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.

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Tags:
Downloads: 3057| Votes: 117 | Score: 7.06
Size: 361KB | Posted: Concluded:

9 Angels' Hands

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Religion
Downloads: 2232| Votes: 73 | Score: 6.45
Size: 324KB | Posted: Concluded:

10 Flower in the Wind

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. :)

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Religion
Downloads: 1875| Votes: 81 | Score: 8.32
Size: 232KB | Posted: Concluded:

11 Genesis

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.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Downloads: 1235| Votes: 52 | Score: 6.16
Size: 408KB | Posted: Concluded:

12 Unalienable Rights

Darvin Carpenter agrees to try to find out who's making frightening threats against an abortion clinic, even though he finds abortion repulsive.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Religion
Downloads: 2216| Votes: 46 | Score: 6.39
Size: 509KB | Posted: Concluded:

13 Adown

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. :)

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Spiritual, Religion
Downloads: 1777| Votes: 41 | Score: 7.59
Size: 337KB | Posted: Concluded:

14 Munchkin's Money

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Mystery, Detective
Downloads: 646| Votes: 73 | Score: 6.03
Size: 17KB | Posted:

15 Juchae

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Crime, Mystery, Detective
Downloads: 632| Votes: 66 | Score: 5.99
Size: 40KB | Posted:

16 The Walking Wounded

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Religion
Downloads: 2735| Votes: 95 | Score: 8.35
Size: 415KB | Posted: Concluded:

17 Dead and Over

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Detective
Downloads: 1499| Votes: 42 | Score: 6.40
Size: 318KB | Posted: Concluded:

18 One Flesh

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.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Religion
Downloads: 2344| Votes: 36 | Score: 8.35
Size: 640KB | Posted: Concluded:

19 Do Not Despise

Darvin Carpenter takes on the task of finding and rescuing a young girl who's in the hands of child pornographers.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Religion, Mystery, Detective
Downloads: 1777| Votes: 57 | Score: 7.43
Size: 258KB | Posted: Concluded:

20 A Strong Woman

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Religion, Detective
Downloads: 1601| Votes: 43 | Score: 6.58
Size: 290KB | Posted: Concluded:

21 Hadassah

A Christian high school student has to tell her parents she's pregnant - and that simple fact disrupts everyone's plans.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Religion
Downloads: 1093| Votes: 37 | Score: 6.73
Size: 224KB | Posted: Concluded:

22 Life Is Short

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Mystery
Downloads: 2190| Votes: 56 | Score: 7.56
Size: 446KB | Posted: Concluded:

23 High Flight

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Religion, Military
Downloads: 2026| Votes: 78 | Score: 6.43
Size: 507KB | Posted: Concluded:

24 Sweet Home Alabama

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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Mystery
Tags: Romance, Crime, Violence, Religion, Mystery, Detective
Downloads: 2253| Votes: 52 | Score: 7.72
Size: 370KB | Posted: Concluded: