Cynthia Leal Massey, author of Death of a Texas Ranger, A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier, is a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Nonfiction. The Will Rogers Medallion Award recognizes excellence in Western literature and media. The awards ceremony will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 24.
Massey’s book was recently honored with a 2015 San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award. The Society’s Publication Award recognizes the authors of the best recently published books on Texas history.
A reviewer for the Wild West History Association wrote this: “Massey’s book is a great example of fine writing and mystery solving. . . .Death of a Texas Ranger became much more than just the story of a killing. She draws the reader into the time and place by sufficient background of that portion of Texas history, and then develops the characters sufficiently so that the reader becomes caught up in their lives. . . .Massey has provided Wild West history with an excellent treatment of a tragic event in Texas history. We all appreciate a mystery and its solution by an excellent writer. Death of a Texas Ranger is such an example, and we suspect there may be other mysteries that we hope she will solve – and write about.”
Massey, a resident of Helotes since 1994, was born and raised on the south side of San Antonio. A full-time writer, she is a past president of Women Writing the West and was the 2008 winner of the Lone Star Award for Magazine Journalism given by the Houston Press Club.