Weekly Book List: Week 5 (Set in Wisconsin)

bodiesThe Bodies Left Behind / Jeffrey Deaver

Arriving at a deserted lake house to investigate an aborted call to police, Deputy Anna McCafferty walks into the middle of a heinous crime and is forced to flee, along with the daughter of the murdered couple, into the surrounding forest to escape the perpetrators. (FIC DEAVER)

 

murderOld World Murder / Kathleen Ernst

Chloe Ellefson, starting fresh as curator of Old World Wisconsin, finds herself in the middle of a mystery when a woman looking for a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl dies in a mysterious car crash and Chloe beings to realize that someone is trying to erase all traces of the bowl’s existence. (FIC ERNST)

reliableA Reliable Wife / Robert Goolrick

Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman with a troubled past who lives in a remote nineteenth-century Wisconsin town, has advertised for a reliable wife; and his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets. (FIC GOOLRICK)

 

mapA Map of the World / Jane Hamilton

On a dairy farm in the midwest, Alice is watching her neighbor’s daughter when she drowns in the pond. This marks the beginning of a series of events that turns Alice into a scapegoat and brings about her family’s downfall. (FIC HAMILTON, JANE)

 

fieldingThe Art of Fielding / Chad Harbach

A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate, and the president’s daughter. (PBK HARBACH)

 

oceanThe Deep End of the Ocean /  Jacquelyn Mitchard

Nine years after three-year-old Ben Cappadora’s kidnapping, a twelve-year-old boy knocks at the door of the Cappadora house, looking for yardwork. (FIC MITCHARD)

 

coconutThe Coincidence of Coconut Cake / Amy E. Reichert

On the day Chef Lou Johnson catches her fiancâe in a compromising position with an intern, British food critic Al pays a visit to her Milwaukee restaurant and writes a scathing review, which runs on the day the two meet at a local pub. (FIC REICHERT)

 

deathDeath Stalks Door County / Patricia Skalka

Haunted by death, former police detective Dave Cubiak must confront his own heartache before discovering what’s behind the tragic incidents plaguing the tourist mecca of Door County, Wisconsin. (FIC SKALKA)

 

crossingCrossing to Safety / Wallace Stegner

Two young couples, Sid and Charity and Larry and Sally, from different backgrounds–East and West, rich and poor–befriend each other in 1937 Madison, Wisconsin. (FIC STEGNER)

 

edgarThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. (FIC WROBLEWSKI)

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