Sometimes A Great Commotionby Carolyn J. Rose, Mike Nettleton
It's bedlam by the bay, chaos on the coast, another dustup in Devil's Harbor. Thanks to reporter Molly Donovan, the person who killed The Big Grabowski is in jail, but things are hardly back to what passes for normal in the quirky coastal community. With the aging sewage treatment system at its limit and huge penalties looming, the mayor orders extreme water conservation. Townspeople complain, but comply; they make every flush count. But when local doomsayer Elspeth Hunsaker spots an ethereal image scorched into a breaded crab cake served up at the Devil's Food Cafe and raises the cry that it is a sign that Devil's Harbor and its sinful flock must repent, swarms of pilgrims descend on the town and the mayor, despite threats of impeachment or worse, plants a portable toilet on every lawn. Only selling timber from town trust land can supply funds to fix the sewer system. But a tree-sitting activist for hire keeps loggers at bay. When someone takes a chainsaw to his perch, Molly discovers the fall alone didn't kill him-he was poisoned, strangled, and struck with a blunt object. Who did him in? The mayor? The girlfriend he cheated on? The environmentalist he defrauded? Loggers with their payday on hold? While Molly delves into the dead man's past, hoping to untangle a snarl of lies and name the killer before Sheriff Greg Erdman and others chart stranger courses-her father falls for a shady lady, Henri undertakes an extreme makeover, Adam flees to the forest, Elspeth sees the light, Icky becomes a writer, and Shelley takes bold steps to turn back the tide of tourism.
- Krill Press
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- 0.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She teaches novel-writing in Vancouver, Washington, and founded the Vancouver Writers’ Mixers. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, and not cooking. Mike Nettleton grew up in Bandon and Grants Pass, Oregon. A stint at a college station in Ashland led to a multi-state radio odyssey with on-air gigs in Oregon, California, and New Mexico under the air name Mike Phillips. In 1989 he returned to the Northwest and in 1994 joined KEX Radio in Portland. His hobbies are golf, pool, Texas hold-em poker, and book collecting. Carolyn and Mike have authored a number of mysteries. For more information about Carolyn, and Mike and all of their many mystery titles, go to their webpage, www.deadlyduomysteries.com.
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Second read of Carolyn Rose.
Five plus stars! A fun and entertaining read! I plan to read more books by these 2 talented authors.
Rose & Nettleton have conspired to create a lively and light-hearted mystery that aims to deliver more laughs than shivers. The world of Devil's Harbor has far more than its share of quirky inhabitants, all of them solidly drawn. They are linked in a fast-moving plot that includes everything from pilgrims worshipping a holy sign in a crab cake to a tree-sitter whose heart is more black than green. Definitely a fun read -- yet one that deftly keeps you guessing who among the Oregon coast town's strange characters is the murderer.