A Death in Door County

Books on Tape. (Monster Hunter Mysteries, Bk. 1). Sept. 2022. 10:20 hrs. ISBN 9780593615492. $85.50. M
Morgan Carter owns a curiosity shop/bookstore in Door Count, WI. She deals in macabre and unusual oddities, from mummies to hair balls to rare books. She is also a cryptozoologist, a scientist who looks for creatures only rumored to exist—Bigfoot, swamp monsters, the Loch Ness Monster, and the like. When police chief Jon Flanders contacts her about finding a possible lake monster that has (perhaps) killed two people, she is all in. Clearly, this investigation is touching a nerve in the community, however, for as Morgan digs into the crimes, she receives several violent warnings that she should mind her own business. Undaunted, she employs her own collections and local experts to explore the possibilities, unearthing rumors of shipwrecks and sunken treasure in the process. Susan Bennett gives a warm and lively performance, creating distinct voices for the characters and perfectly capturing the upper Midwestern setting.
VERDICT Ryan’s (“Mattie Winston” mystery series) latest provides readers with a light, yet captivating story, which will keep listeners guessing until the end. Highly recommended for all cozy mystery collections.
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