DECEMBER 13, 2021 BOOK REVIEW
“In an arresting debut, Martin delves into how one violent man rocked her hometown, Hot Springs, Ark., in the 1960s. When 13-year-old Cathie Ward was killed while horseback riding at Blacksnake Ranch outside Hot Springs in the summer of 1969, the ranch’s owner, Frank Davis claimed she fell off her horse and was dragged to death. Rumors suggesting Davis was somehow responsible swirled, but it would take another death before the truth about the riding accident came out . . . This sad and frustrating tale of when the justice system fails and a killer pays only a small price for his crimes deserves a wide audience."
“Snake Eyes is a gripping ture crime tale well-told. The story of a nice young girl lost ar too soon and those determied to find the truth and get it out. It happened in the author’s hometown, and mine, and played out against its culture of denial and decency, crassness and caring. There’s a lot of real life her. Read it!"
BONNIE HEARN HILL, AUTHOR
THE RIVER BELOW
“Quirky, well-drawn characters and an iconic Southern setting . . . Martin’s compelling true story reads like a mystery novel."
MARA LEVERITT, AUTHOR
ALL QUIET AT MENA
“Cathie Ward’s killer convinced police the teenager died being dragged by a horse. But her friends harbored doubts. Decades later, one of them, author Bitty Martin, scrutinizes the saga that traumatized her town--finally giving Cathie’s murder the attention it deserved."
MICHAEL BISHOP, AUTHOR
A MURDER IN MUSIC CITY
“Haunted by the death of one of her classmates in 1966, Bitty Martin takes us on an incredible journey as decades later she discovers the shocking secrets behind an ‘accident’ turned murder. Prepare to read in one sitting--a riveting story of an amateur sleuth seeking truth and justice."
JAN MEINS, AUTHOR
MURDER IN LITTLE ROCK
“The title is a nod to Hot Springs’ past with gambling and gangsters. The writing is smooth, bold, and well researched by an author who’s emotionally invested in the place, time, and characters, making Snake Eyes a great read."
LIZ ROBBINS, EXEC. DIR.
GARLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“In Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town, Bitty Martin performs brilliantly as a detective and as an author. She grippingly reveals a murderer and compassionately remembers his victims. I found this fascinating re-creation of a town, a time, and tragic murders completely compelling."
LADAWN FUHR, CREATOR/HOST/PRODUCER
6 DEGREES OF THE DELTA
“Bitty Martin has delivered an outstanding debut tome. Snake Eyes is a history mystery that will take the reader on a rollicking roller coaster from start to finish. Chock full of real-life characters, this book is a binge read, and a must read for anyone who enjoys good storytelling."