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.
Anastasia Raven opens a box containing a bloody hatchet, sent as some sort of warning to her friend Cora. When a hacked-up body is discovered in the river, everyone is stunned at the victim’s identity. Continued puzzling discoveries just don’t add up. Ana discovers herself agreeing to participate in a zany conspiracy with a tall and handsome man. (Anastasia Raven Mysteries, #4)
Ten humorous essays, most of which were previously published as newspaper columns. Themes have to do with outdoor recreation and are illustrated with photos by the author. (txt version not recommended, as the photos are a big part of the experience)
When Anastasia Raven agrees to keep Paddy, an Irish Setter, for the summer, she didn't understand the mischievous nature of a large puppy. As a volunteer, she meets Corliss Leonard, and his granddaughters Star and Sunny, whose mother disappeared seven years ago. The girls fall in love with Paddy, but can the dog solve their problems? (Anastasia Raven Mysteries #3, full-length novel)
Anastasia Raven finds a secret hidden in a hollow tree near Dead Mule Swamp. She thinks she's seeing things, as the discovery appears to have come straight from a Nancy Drew story. With some simple sleuthing, Ana catches Jimmie Mosher, whose grandfather used to own the house she has recently purchased, hiding money in the tree. But what else does Jimmie have to hide?
(Anastasia Raven Mysteries #2)
There are things that go bump in the night, and then there are kids who wake up with bumps from the night. Toby, a devious and disturbed little boy, only seems to love his teddy bear, Harry, even though Harry's worse for wear because of it. It's too bad Harry can't love him back.
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?
(Anastasia Raven Mysteries #1)
By Joan H. Young
Series: Get Off the Couch, Book 1.
Published: August 28, 2010.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ten essays, most were previously published as newspaper columns, chronicling two years of hikes on the North Country Trail by the author. "Young has an easy, breezy way of writing that makes reading both pleasurable and informative." - Big Rapids (MI) Pioneer
(txt version not recommended, as the photos are a big part of the experience)
I'm always interested in reading about hikes, but I can hardly tolerate books that are nothing more than a journal. Of course, that is exactly what the title claims this book to be.
Since I was not familiar with the Dolly Sods, The occasional descriptions of the area and the etymology of the name were interesting. Finally, near the end, the author begins to share more of his thoughts and reactions and less of what time he got up, what the temperature was, and what he ate for breakfast.
However, in the end, I was glad this was a short hike, and thus a short book. But it's only 99 cents... if you are going to hike the Dolly Sods, by all means read it.
I think this is the weakest of the Audio series mysteries, to date. The format is interesting, with the action switching between what professor Pamela Barnes knows, and what is happening with Dan Bridgewater. There are a couple of days of time disjoint between the alternated scenes so that readers don't know what's happening too soon. Eventually the two timelines come together. This took a bit of getting used to, but I liked it.
However, Dan doesn't seem like a real person, and I thought there were some obvious problems with the crime scene that forensics would have uncovered.
This is the first in the Pamela Barnes Audio mystery series. Barnes is a small-college professor, and Rockwell nails the character and the atmosphere. You can tell she's lived this scene.
The plot is clever, and the story held my interest.
There was perhaps, a bit too much mental reviewing of the clues by Barnes, but not so much that I was put off from the series.
I was hoping for a bit more of the technical aspects of the audio analysis. With Rockwell's background in this field I'm sure she could describe the process in more detail (but I like techno-forensic stuff).
I liked this book enough to continue reading the series.
Mavis and the Leprechaun is a light fun read that will make you smile. It's perfect for a lunchtime read or a longish coffee break. Berry is not your average leprechaun.. is he really helpful, or overbearing? You'll have to read the story to find out.
The writer uses good grammar and you won't be stumbling over the words in an effort to get to the story. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.