Pacific Northwest Author Gregg Olsen

Author Gregg Olsen writes mystery novels with the American Pacific Northwest as his location backdrop. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, therefore have knowledge of and an interest in the area. In Olsen's Lying Next to Me the Last Thing She Ever Did his setting is the Puget Sound region between Olympia and Seattle, Washington.

A young Seattle wife and mother who is an executive at Starbucks, disappears and then she is found murdered while vacationing with her family on the Sound. The family is staying in a shoreline vacation rental. Theirs is the middle old-fashioned cabin of three.

The occupants of the other two cabins see and hear nothing when the woman is snatched from a lawn chair overlooking the water. Her husband and daughter are close to shore in a boat, witnessing it all, but can't reach the beach before she and her attacker disappear. The other witness is an elderly man walking his dog on the beach. He too is not close enough to offer help before the woman and her attacker disappear.

Nothing is as it seems. Unknown to many of those living in the area, is that the cabins were built in the 1920's during prohibition and hold secrets from prohibition rum running days when liqueur was spirited from here to Seattle. Seeing is not believing in the witness accounts. Did the elderly man and the husband actually see the woman snatched while sitting outside watching her family on the water? This is a difficult police case to crack. There are many twists and turns before the ending that make Lying Next to Me the Last Thing She Ever Did an energizing mystery novel.

In The Last Thing She Ever Did, Olsen moves the novel's setting to Central Oregon. Bend is a town three hours from Portland with views of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters and Mount Hood. Bend is known too for outdoor sports and in recent years has become popular for Silicon Valley transplants causing the community to emerge as a high-tech center.

Many of Bend's Silicon transplants have come with new, big money to support a rich lifestyle. This divides them from Bend's long-time residents whose incomes are closer to middle-class. Nonetheless, many old and new residents live side by side and try to forge friendships.

The three-year-old son of a couple, living on the river who are Silicon transplants disappears when his mother, who is watching him, looks away to take a phone call. What happened? Did Charlie fall into the river? Did a passerby take him? Day after day the questions continue, what happened to Charlie?

Divers search the river and a body is not found. Charlie's parents closely look at one another. Their neighbors, born and raised in Bend, rush to comfort their new friends. Both couples begin to unravel as they look deeper into themselves and their marriages. But still, the foremost question, what happened to Charlie?

A 70-plus widower and retired doctor from Bend lives across the river from the missing boy's luxury house. Dr. Miller watches the river with binoculars and often he witnesses his neighbor's untidy lives. Does Dr. Miller know something about Charlie's disappearance that could help solve the case? The police visit his home, but they don't learn anything that helps their investigation.

Then Dr. Miller disappears, yet his car remains in his garage. Is Dr. Miller inside ill or injured? Twists and turns abound. Lives and marriages are tearing apart. Will Charlie be found alive? Will Dr. Miller be found well and alive? When this is over, will the parents of the missing boy want to stay in Bend or return to Silicon Valley where people live their lives with more distance between them? Throughout The Last Thing She Ever Did there are hints that Charlie is alive, but where? What about Dr. Miller? The mystery ending comes with an unexpected surprise.

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Sanne Rothman's young adult thriller, Harbor's Edge, piques the curiosity while romancing the imagination, with a story that offers mystery, the supernatural, budding romance, and an intelligent 14-year-old heroine on a profoundly insightful journey to self-discovery.

The story is set in beautiful Hawaii with which author Sanne Rothman does a wonderful job of detailing the beautiful environment. She brings forth both its timeless natural beauty as well as artfully presents intriguing aspects of Hawaiian life and culture especially with her incorporation of the lore of the dark and ancient sea monsters called The Mo'o, the legend, and mystery of which is initially contemplated by Harbor early on in the story.

Initially, as the story unfolds, we meet Harbor, a young, resilient, intelligent teenager who finds her life shrouded in mystery and sadness. Having lost both her parents under mysterious circumstances, she fights with feelings of abandonment as she seeks to solve the mystery of what truly happened. She lost her F.B.I. agent father to a cold-blooded murderer and her mother, who disappeared without a trace, leaving her and her younger sister Fig in the care of their TuTu (grandmother). TuTu owns a popular, local restaurant, featuring Hawaiian hamburgers and Harbor works at the restaurant in the drive-through which allows her the opportunity to practice analyzing the faces of customers based on techniques from her father's FBI profiling manuals. She works on her skills at analyzing faces in the hopes of finding clues to her father's murderer and clues to her missing mother.

Overall a story filled with well-plotted twists and turns fueled by excitement and building tensions when children begin to turn up missing and Harbor thinks she may have a lead. Moreover, the story carries a mystery within a mystery as Harbor makes a friend at school, Keyne, with whom the sparks of first love begin to ignite, however, he seems to have an air of secrecy surrounding him as well.

Altogether, Harbor's Edge turned out to be both an imaginative and absorbing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself instantly drawn into the beautifully set world of Harbor, shrouded in mystery, supernatural legacy, and artfully fueled with intriguing plot twists including, the unique inclusion of clues disbursed within each chapter. Additionally, I also enjoyed the likable characters within the story, especially that of Harbor. She's a relatable and intelligent character, easy to sympathize with and whose exciting journey to self-discovery was easy to follow. Absolutely, a worthwhile and noteworthy read that left me wanting more. I look forward to Book 2, Keyne, and The Wrath of The Mo'o. Overall, this would make a good choice for an end of summer read and I recommend it.

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When it comes to New York City, its dynamic environ and multicultural fusion of distinctive inhabitants, author Clifford Browder focuses his keen literary eye on his life and experiences as a seasoned resident there, as well as providing glimpses of the eclectic history of the city in his recent work, New Yorkers: A Feisty People Who will Unsettle, Madden, Amuse and Astonish You. Moreover, being no stranger to using the backdrop of New York as a setting for his previously published books, including a series set in nineteenth-century New York, titled Metropolis, author Browder once again provides an intriguing exploration of a very culturally distinctive locale.

Moreover, this is not your typical cut and dry biography, providing dry facts; instead, the read is a heartfelt memoir of a man and the city he lives, loves, survives and works in. The narrative keeps you rapt in its pages with a winning combination of information gleaned from Mr. Browder's unique standpoint, research, and experiences from his many years as a resident. Consequently, author Browder does well with transfixing the mental eye with descriptions of his life as a longtime resident, including historical glimpses and insider tidbits of the better-known aspects of New York as well as the lesser-known and even the obscure.

Providing a narrative which flows well, as Author Clifford Browder employs a friendly, authentically knowledgeable tone, within which he gives literate life to a multilayered perspective of New York, through his work in this book. In no particular chronological order, the text is divided into five parts with each section bringing into focus an intriguing variety of elements.

Firstly, Part one includes topics covering looks into the many people, languages, the hustlers, scavengers and the rich. Next, Part 2 looks at how New Yorkers live with chapters including; Fun, Booze, Smells, and Graffiti just to name a few. However, also included within this section is my favorite chapter #16, Are New Yorkers Rude? I think author Browder explored this question in fine style. Consecutively, Part 4 covers some of the more iconic locales including Broadway, Fifth Avenue, The Bowery, Wall street and 14th street. Part four continues with a tour of some of the museums, statues as well as an obscure but interest-piquing, whiskey-tasting cemetery. Followed by Part 5 which delves into some of the past history of New York, providing the insightful histories of both the good and the bad.

Overall, I enjoyed reading New Yorkers. Author Clifford Browder gave a fascinating insiders tour of New York. Part biography, part historical dive and part travel guide, this work offers a tantalizing vision of an exciting city overflowing with diversity in all respects. This was a worthwhile read which I do recommend. However, as a fellow New Yorker, I experienced some turbulent emotions while reading this book particularly with the advent of Coronavirus and the current lockdown in NY and all those wonderful people locked inside of their homes because of a virus. My heart and prayers go out to my family and friends as well as the author, his family and all other New Yorkers-God Bless Us All.

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Author Gregg Olsen writes mystery novels with the American Pacific Northwest as his location backdrop. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, therefore have knowledge of and an interest in the area. In Olsen's Lying Next to Me the Last Thing She Ever Did his setting is the Puget Sound region between Olympia and Seattle, Washington.

A young Seattle wife and mother who is an executive at Starbucks, disappears and then she is found murdered while vacationing with her family on the Sound. The family is staying in a shoreline vacation rental. Theirs is the middle old-fashioned cabin of three.

The occupants of the other two cabins see and hear nothing when the woman is snatched from a lawn chair overlooking the water. Her husband and daughter are close to shore in a boat, witnessing it all, but can't reach the beach before she and her attacker disappear. The other witness is an elderly man walking his dog on the beach. He too is not close enough to offer help before the woman and her attacker disappear.

Nothing is as it seems. Unknown to many of those living in the area, is that the cabins were built in the 1920's during prohibition and hold secrets from prohibition rum running days when liqueur was spirited from here to Seattle. Seeing is not believing in the witness accounts. Did the elderly man and the husband actually see the woman snatched while sitting outside watching her family on the water? This is a difficult police case to crack. There are many twists and turns before the ending that make Lying Next to Me the Last Thing She Ever Did an energizing mystery novel.

In The Last Thing She Ever Did, Olsen moves the novel's setting to Central Oregon. Bend is a town three hours from Portland with views of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters and Mount Hood. Bend is known too for outdoor sports and in recent years has become popular for Silicon Valley transplants causing the community to emerge as a high-tech center.

Many of Bend's Silicon transplants have come with new, big money to support a rich lifestyle. This divides them from Bend's long-time residents whose incomes are closer to middle-class. Nonetheless, many old and new residents live side by side and try to forge friendships.

The three-year-old son of a couple, living on the river who are Silicon transplants disappears when his mother, who is watching him, looks away to take a phone call. What happened? Did Charlie fall into the river? Did a passerby take him? Day after day the questions continue, what happened to Charlie?

Divers search the river and a body is not found. Charlie's parents closely look at one another. Their neighbors, born and raised in Bend, rush to comfort their new friends. Both couples begin to unravel as they look deeper into themselves and their marriages. But still, the foremost question, what happened to Charlie?

A 70-plus widower and retired doctor from Bend lives across the river from the missing boy's luxury house. Dr. Miller watches the river with binoculars and often he witnesses his neighbor's untidy lives. Does Dr. Miller know something about Charlie's disappearance that could help solve the case? The police visit his home, but they don't learn anything that helps their investigation.

Then Dr. Miller disappears, yet his car remains in his garage. Is Dr. Miller inside ill or injured? Twists and turns abound. Lives and marriages are tearing apart. Will Charlie be found alive? Will Dr. Miller be found well and alive? When this is over, will the parents of the missing boy want to stay in Bend or return to Silicon Valley where people live their lives with more distance between them? Throughout The Last Thing She Ever Did there are hints that Charlie is alive, but where? What about Dr. Miller? The mystery ending comes with an unexpected surprise.

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