Colorado Authors' League 2015 Award for Mainstream Fiction; From the judges: "An engaging mystery with strong characters and a wonderfully authentic setting in the Southwest. Keep your eye on this nascent series."
"Loved it! A mystery with strength and realism. Mitchell's background leads to a blended masterpiece of plot, setting and characters complete with insider authenticity. He's got a good series going."
-Betty Palmer, Events Coordinator, Moby Dickens Bookshop, Taos, New Mexico
"What Grisham does for law and the courtroom drama, Mitchell does for national parks and the politics of preservation. His behind the scenes knowledge of the sub-culture creates a believable setting that blends seamlessly with the story."
-Isaac Mayo, Developmental Editor
"In Public Trust, J.M. Mitchell brings richness to the wilderness mystery that's not to be missed. Fire starts the novel and it burns fast and furious, by pales to the political firestorm that becomes a battle for nature herself."
-Nevada Barr, New York Times best-selling author
"...so real you think you're reading non-fiction. ..This is a good read."