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A Time to Wail

An Indian Country Novel

Grace Elting Castle set her debut mystery within the rural beauty of Oregon’s Siletz River Valley, blending in the early history and culture of the tribes now known as the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. As a teen her protagonist, tribal member Ellie Carlisle, is frightened away from home by grave robbers in local Indian burial grounds. Years later she receives messages from her dead son and returns to the reservation to stop the thieves.

Publ. 2018  |  Softcover

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Answering the Call

An Elting Military Tribute

The Dutch Eltings, Jan and Jacomyntje (Slecht), were actively involved in the early history of New York’s Hudson River Valley. Their descendants have been farmers, doctors, lawyers, millers, grocers, carpenters, preachers, teachers, bankers—the gamut of occupations. But no matter the century, crisis, or call, Eltings answered. In this tribute book by Grace Elting Castle, also a descendant, you’ll find surnames that may surprise you: Patton, LeFevre, Deyo, DuBois, Eltinge, Hasbrouck, Crispell, France, Wygant, Van Wagenen and many others. All are Elting descendants.

Publ. 2008  |  Paperback  |  224 pgs. with b/w photos.  |


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“A TIME TO WAIL is a marvelous novel, written with unique empathy and authenticity. Grace Elting Castle uses her first-hand knowledge of both PI work and the reservation life and customs of the Siletz people to create a compelling and insightful read that will call to mind the great Tony Hillerman.”

Michael Koryta

New York Times Bestselling Author

“…Charles Wallace sent me a spreadsheet of 51 books he’s read since March. His top recommendation was Grace Elting Castle’s “A Time to Wail,” about a family on Oregon’s Siletz Reservation.”

Karina Bland

Staff Columnist, Arizona Republic

“…Great dialogue. You brought together the culture, history, the impact of social and spiritual injustices AND a true mystery with twists and turns…”

Ishbel Munro

Activist, mother of Siletz Tribal Member



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