Arvada Chamber Member Matthew L. Huffman Releases American West Novel “The Deseret Reckoning”

November 15, 2023

The second release from Matthew L. Huffman, The Deseret Reckoning, is a slow-burn, character-driven novel set for release on November 19th. You’ll find yourself rooting for the main character, Susan Kingsley, as she traverses the American West and transforms herself into a bold and, at times, fierce heroine.

Spoiler alert: Colorado and Utah are the centerpieces in the background of the story. If you’re looking for a compelling and uplifting tale of tragedy and redemption this holiday season, consider The Deseret Reckoning. This page-turner is a meld of historical fiction and the modern Western sure to satisfy fans of Craig Johnson, Peter Heller, Kent Meyers, or Tony Hillerman.

Huffman, from Arvada, Colorado, splits his time between running a successful small business (Huffman Surveying) and fly fishing for trout throughout the West. When asked about the inspiration for the story, Huffman said, “It’s a story about coming to terms with the losses in our past and finding redemption in the friends we call family.”

Investment in Huffman’s memorable characters comes easy, and the depth of their emotions reveals complexities and a longing for a different time. A sense of belonging, friendship and ambition, fear and morality, seen through the lens of a time gone by, add to the edgy tale of mystery. The Deseret Reckoning checks all the boxes for intrigue, adventure, and ardent conflicts of the American West and will win over the hearts and minds of the unsure.

For those in the Denver area, Huffman will be hosting a launch party at FlyteCo Brewing on November 19th 3pm – 5pm. The author will do a reading and a book signing. More information about the event can be found at


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