The 90s Club & the Clue
in the Old Album
By Eileen Haavik McIntire
The cat on the cover is Nancy's pet of suspicious origin. His name is Malone, and he's not a nice kitty. Most Wisherwood residents keep their distance but treat him with respect. He helped save Whisperwood Retirement Village once. In this book, he does it again.
by Michael Crichton
This thrilling book by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton is actually a western, with a smattering of science thrown in. I came across it by accident and loved it, so I’m passing on a quick review to you.
Two warring paleontologists ensnare college student William Johnson in their competitive machinations to bring back the most and the best dinosaur fossils from the west. The paleontologists are real figures named Othniel Charles Marsh and Edwin Drinker Cope, who did maintain a fierce rivalry surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other.
The year is 1876. Custer is killed that June in the Battle of the Little BIghorn, Custer’s last stand. Johnson is a spoiled and privileged Yale student who bets that he can survive a summer in the wild west. Johnson learns photography quickly to be accepted as part of the expedition led by Yale professor Marsh. He has no idea what he is about to encounter.
Warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns full of bullies and lowlifes mark the landscape. When paranoid Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice.
William joins forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and Johnson’s newfound resilience will be sorely tested as he strives to protect it on the journey back east.
Nov. 19, 2022: Presentation, Frederick Chapter, Maryland Writers' Assn
Dec. 3, 2022: Sisters in Crime Mystery Extravaganza, Reston, Virginia, Public Library, 1 p.m.
Dec. 15, 2022: Presentation to Brookdale Olney Senior Living Facility. 2:30 p.m.
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From Kirkus reviews -
“... fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings.... An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
The House on
"“An engrossing tale of suspense, treachery, and bad choices made for good reasons…. Historical novel readers with special interest in a suspense story that embraces civil rights activism and gang activity will find The House on Hatemonger Hill hard to point down.” – Midwest Book Review