News from Dead Mule Swamp

Rated 4.70/5 based on 10 reviews
News from Dead Mule Swamp is a cozy mystery set in the upper Midwest. Anastasia Raven is running from the pain of a failed marriage, and hopes to hide from the world in an old farmhouse she has purchased at the edge of Dead Mule Swamp. When she finds a hundred-year-old newspaper inside a wall, why is it stolen before she can even read it?
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About Joan H. Young

Joan Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and on August 3, 2010 became the first woman to complete the North Country National Scenic Trail on foot. Her mileage totaled 4395 miles.

She has recently begun writing more fiction, including short stories and cozy mysteries.

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About the Series: Anastasia Raven Mysteries
Anastasia Raven flees the suburbs after a painful divorce. She finds solace in working on an old fixer-upper farmhouse far to the north in Dead Mule Swamp. She is quickly drawn in to the local crime scene, but she has things to learn about how small towns work. Over the course of the series, Ana becomes known for her ability to help solve murders. Her friends are often involved in the sleuthing and shenanigans. Adele, proprietor of Vogel's Grocery, and Cora, the local historian are her closest confidants. Jimmie, a boy with a sad story, enters in book two, and takes an increasingly stronger role as the series progresses. Jerry, owner of the newspaper, Charlie the pharmacist, Police Chief Tracy Jarvi, and many other characters round out the small-town atmosphere. If you live in the rural Northwoods, you will find the settings wonderfully familiar.

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Reviews of News from Dead Mule Swamp by Joan H. Young

Kevin A. Lyons reviewed on Feb. 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this "cozy mystery." It's well-written, the characters are believable, the action is logical, and the setting is interesting. The chain of events leads to a logical, but not obvious, conclusion.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Billie Jackson reviewed on Aug. 30, 2012

This cozy mystery left me wanting more Ana Raven and the people of Cherry Hill. Immediately followed up with Hollow Tree... Would highly recommend to mystery lovers.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Brittany Carrigan reviewed on June 3, 2012

I loved this introduction to the Anastasia Raven series. Mystery books have been a secret love of mine, so when I was presented with the opportunity to review this little gem, I just couldn't resist! The author skillfully presents just enough of the story to keep you wondering whodunit, while still keeping you engaged with the intriguing story line. I love how she presented the main character, and instantly fell in love with her inquisitive attitude. I'm definitely purchasing and can't wait to read the next books from the author. I would recommend this series to all who love a good whodunit mystery :)
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Margaret Kerr reviewed on May 28, 2012

When I saw the opportunity to read and review a mystery from Tempting Book Tours, I decided to step out of my box and go for it. Normally, I stick to paranormal and/or YA, but I do enjoy a good mystery and News from Dead Mule Swamp looked really good, especially for someone who is involved with a newspaper in a small town. Cherry Hill is a small town where everyone knows each other's business. Sounds a lot like my own small town, so I was drawn in by the setting.

Ana is the newcomer to town after having divorced her husband. She bought a house that is over 100 years old and needed a lot of updating, so she is doing it herself. While tearing out the old walls, Ana finds a newspaper, but before she gets a chance to look at it, the paper disappears from her house and the only person who was in her house turns up dead of what looks like a suicide down the road from her house.. What was so important that someone would want that paper? Ana makes it her mission to figure it out.

While trying to figure out the mystery of the paper, Ana gets to know more about the town's history. The way the story is woven together really draws you in and it makes you want to know more. I can see Cherry Hill being anywhere, east coast, west coast, north or south. The characters are well written and developed, the story is inviting and I can't wait to keep reading more of Ana's adventures living by the Swamp.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
A. T. Weaver reviewed on May 2, 2012

Great read. Looking forward to the other one tomorrow or later tonight.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Colleen Miller reviewed on May 2, 2012

This is a great read. The charachters are very believable,the mystery is captivating and the story is intriguing. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of the series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Farah Evers reviewed on May 1, 2012

An entertaining and extremely well written mystery! Definitely 5 Stars! It's not gore, it's not a typical mystery, it's an Ana Raven story. The second you meet this well developed character, you'll be hooked.

I didn't know what to expect from reading the title. I always hesitate before picking up any book that does not fall within my favorite genre(Sci Fi) to read, but who doesn't enjoy a cool mystery that'll keep you turning pages and guessing as the events unfold? Joan H. Young has a unique way with words that can easily transport you from your living room or bed right into this cozy yet slightly peculiar town, where Ana Raven had integrated. It all takes place at the edge of Dead Mule Swamp. You follow the mystery from Ana's point of view, which makes it even more interesting and fun, because her thought process is right there with yours. I was intrigued and taken by the imagery and the portrayal of the various characters, who I now feel are people I could have actually met, sat with, ate with and solved mysteries with.

As I was nearing the end, I truly thought to myself, I'd have paid more for a story like this. Sometimes, good reads are so worth the bucks put into them. I'm definitely going to buy the rest of the series, because I'm already wondering what Ana is up to now! I heard there's a secret hidden in a hollow tree somewhere.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
cathy urbanski reviewed on April 7, 2012

Wonderfully well written!

"Unlike some mysteries which make the mistake of introducing the most pertinent evidence too late in the story (which is to say, only when the sleuth is disclosing whodunnit, how and why) Young carefully plants the clues along the way." (excerpt from my review)

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(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Christine Lehman reviewed on Feb. 3, 2012

This was a great book to read on a cold snowy day. I loved how she developed all the characters and described her surroundings so well- the images were easily created in my mind. The author's love of nature shone through in the occasional appearance of a native bird. The story itself was well-developed and so compelling that I didn't want to put it down! I highly recommend this read, and am looking forward to the author's next mystery!
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Jean Knill reviewed on Dec. 29, 2011

Great read. Meticulously written with no bad proofreading distractions. Believable characters and nail biting suspense kept me reading well into the night
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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