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A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan

“A Death in Door County” by Annelise Ryan is an excellent choice of reading for someone who likes mysteries, thrillers, suspense, or adventure in general. It takes you on a fictional trip of sorts to Door County, Wisconsin to solve a complex set of circumstances that have resulted in the deaths of several individuals living and vacationing in the area. If you are looking for an interesting story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and enjoy the Sherlock Holmes or Murder She Wrote kind of thing, this is the book for you. The author was a nurse before moving into writing full time so she does a great job of including forensic detail within the tale. You can tell she lives in Wisconsin and has been to Door County because the book also provides lots of descriptive knowledge of the geography and typical life in the region. I especially enjoyed these authentic touches to the story since my family once owned a home in Door County, and we have spent many summers vacationing there.

The main character in the story is a bookstore owner named Morgan who is asked to investigate what might be the cause of these series of deaths in the area. While she is not in her store, she enjoys nature and any creature she can find. The book is full of fascinating history and folklore. She goes around the region exploring with her dog, Newt, and several other locals. I found that the book kept me interested and focused from start to finish. This book is the first of a new mystery series by the author. She is already the bestselling author of a 12 book Mattie Winston Mystery Series that features the tales of a nurse turned coroner that’s also set in small town Wisconsin. I highly recommended this book. You won’t be able to put in down because it has it all: humor, romance, interesting characters, detail, tragedy, and suspense to name just a few. “A Death in Door County” by Annelise Ryan is published by Berkley copyright 2022 and is 336 pages long.

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