All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
by Elena Taylor

About All We Buried

All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (April 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1643852914
ISBN-13: 978-1643852911
Digital ASIN: B07RQH353V

For fans of Julia Keller and Sheena Kamal, All We Buried disturbs the long-sleeping secrets of a small Washington State mountain town.

Interim sheriff Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane Doe. But someone must know the woman, so why aren’t they coming forward?

Bet has been sitting as the interim sheriff of this tiny town in the ill-fitting shoes of her late father and predecessor. With the nightmare on her heels, Bet decided to build a life for herself in Los Angeles, but now it’s time to confront the tragic history of Collier. The more she learns, the more Bet realizes she doesn’t know the townspeople of Collier as well as she thought, and nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve written my entire life. I can’t imagine NOT writing, so it’s fabulous that I am able to do that as my job.

What genres do you write in?

Primarily contemporary mystery. I have been playing around with historical fiction as well.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I read a lot of mysteries. I love the puzzles and the exploration of human behavior under the worst circumstances. History fascinates me and I’m not much of a techy, so I’ve been playing around with writing in eras where I can understand the technology available and it’s set, rather than changing so often as contemporary technology does. My current published novels are all contemporary, but I might add to that list with something historical.

How did you break into the field?

I started with a light-hearted mysteries series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, which I write under the name Elena Hartwell.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want readers to enjoy themselves, but even my “funny” mysteries have serious underlying issues. I hope that readers are left with a greater understanding of human behavior and dynamics. Or at least, I give them food for thought. My current novel, All We Buried, is much darker and more serious, but I think it’s engaging and will pull readers in.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Having the final project be so much more than I expected when I sit down to write the first draft.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Having the final project be so much more than I expected when I sit down to write the first draft. Seriously! It’s a double-edged coin. The most rewarding aspect also takes the most work.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Feedback isn’t personal, or if it is, you’ve asked the wrong reader. Educate yourself on the business side and work hard at craft.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

While I read primarily mysteries, I tend to gravitate to books that explore human interaction and behavior. I like seeing characters struggle against difficult challenges along with solving a crime or catching a killer. My favorite book last year was not only NOT a mystery, it was a middle grade book called The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. I like to read outside my genre and in different age ranges partly for fun and partly to stay current on the industry as a whole. I also work as a developmental editor, so I have to have a strong foundation for clients who write in different arenas.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I worked in the theater for over twenty years. I have a lot of great stories if anyone wants to chat about how many things can go wrong backstage!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


Visit me at

You can read my blog at

Or follow me on social media.

About the Author


Elena Taylor spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator before turning her storytelling skills to fiction. Her first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, written under the name Elena Hartwell, introduced a quirky mother/daughter crime-fighting duo. With All We Buried, Elena returns to her dramatic roots and brings readers a much more serious and atmospheric novel. Located in her beloved Washington State, Elena uses her connection to the environment to produce a forbidding story of small-town secrets and things that won’t stay buried. Elena is also a senior editor with Allegory Editing, a developmental editing house, where she works one-on-one with writers to shape and polish manuscripts, short stories, and plays. If you’d like to work with Elena, visit she’s not writing or coaching writing, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their cats, Coal Train and Cocoa. Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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1 Comment

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “All We Buried” by Elena Taylor.

    Enjoyed reading the interview which gives me a little more insight on an author whose book I’d love to read.

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