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.
A children's mystery series, set in the 1950s. The Dubois Files combine adventure and mystery without being violent or dark. They are set in the mid twentieth century when moral standards were generally expected to be upheld, and the children I've invented will sometimes be presented with opportunities to choose between right and wrong.
It is my desire to promote diversity and inclusiveness, and yet, I do not believe that re-writing history is honest. Every decade or century is tarnished in various ways. Some of these societal flaws will appear in the stories.
The primary characters in these books include Jimmie Mosher, of English descent; Cora Dubois with a Finnish mother and French father; Laszlo Szep, the son of a Hungarian tenant farmer; and George and Ruby Harris, a brother and sister of African-American ancestry. These ethnicities fit into the time and place without straining credulity. Of course, the extended families, and associated problems, will come into the plots.
This guide to the Midland to Mackinac Trail was written in 2018 from a once-through hike. The guide includes approximate mileages at landmarks/turns, water access points, potable water (usually seasonal), both formal and suggested camping spots, and certain other facilities.
(Dubois Files book #4) It was September of 1953. Jimmie, George and Cora were moving into the upper level classroom of their two-room schoolhouse, leaving their friends Laszlo, and George's sister Ruby, in the other room. But on the very first day of school, someone began yelling at Ruby! And then there was Mr. Bigg. Why did he act so mean?
(Dubois Files book #3) George Harris liked writing messages in secret code. In August of 1953, he learned one that was tough to crack, and taught it to his sister Ruby, and then to his friends Jimmie Mosher and Cora Dubois. But someone listened in on their conversation and stole a coder. The children were playing games, but what were the adults up to?
In The Hitchhiker (Dubois Files book #2), Cora's family gives a hitchhiker a ride. He didn't seem to speak English, and Cora's mother thought he was ill. Then Jimmie went exploring and found more than he expected. The hitchhiker was not only sick, but he wanted the children to help him. It took four of them to solve his problem.
Set in the 1950s, Cora Dubois, Jimmie Mosher and their friends, Laszlo, George, and Ruby, discover they have a talent for getting to the bottom of local mysteries.
In The Secret Cellar (Dubois Files book #1), Jimmie's family is in danger of losing their farm to the bank. Old Granny May seems to be trying to tell them something, but maybe she's just losing her mind.
Anastasia Raven has settled comfortably into life in Forest County. As in any community, obituaries are published each week. Suddenly, it appears that four deaths were not so ordinary and may be linked by overdoses of Oxycontin. Charlie Dixon, druggist, is in the spotlight. Was it just coincidence that all filled prescriptions days before they died? (Anastasia Raven Mysteries #5)
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)
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)
Sounds of Murder
on April 24, 2012
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.