That story is enriched with details from the eastern Iowa German farming community in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The county fair, social events, clothing, superstitions, and technology all play a part in weaving a compelling story. Mercado organizes the book around the instructions in a private investigation pamphlet from the time that might very well have intrigued a thirteen-year-old girl. Because the main character is Elsie Edens, Minnie's younger sister, who is unwilling to accept the coroner's verdict on Minnie's death. Elsie becomes the vehicle for raising questions and pursuing a solution.
David Moore grew up in Illinois where he played college tennis and qualified for Nationals. A couple of years later, he was battling to overcome spinal cord damage from a car accident. He went on to coach for 25 years and now enters half-and full marathons.
Pick up one or both of these for your holiday reading!