Mike Bove, grew up in Vermont. I wrote articles and drew cartoons for his college newspaper. Mike was as actor and manager Involved in High school, College and Community theater. I have adapted a Russian folk tale the Nosebag , for the stage, produced and directed it. He is a public school teacher, track and soccer coach. He moved to Cape Cod where I Became a avid fisherman and golfer. His first book Willowtree was published in 2011.
"Willowtree" by Mike Bove is a mystery set in a small town in Arizona. I hesitate to add 'cozy' to that description because that term conjures up garrulous, bumbling amateurs enthusiastically poking around in affairs that don't concern them. This isn't the case here as Bruce DelReno finds himself dragged into affairs very reluctantly after stumbling across some bones during a golfing session. Bruce has recently retired as a mailman and is filling a lot of his new free time with golf. And whilst it is true that there isn't any full frontal violence or gore in the story, a requirement of 'cozy', it has at its heart a person's death which is inescapably a brutal act. Bruce uses his local knowledge and tenacity to solve the case.
"Willowtree" is not just about a murder. There is an interesting look at life after retirement. Bruce is coping well mainly through his keen interest in golf but his wife Genny feels she is not ready to completely stop contributing her skills. Bruce's interest in golf provides an extra layer to the story. You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate it and it is quite handy to pick up a few pointers as to what it is all about the next time you see it on TV. Bruce is a very real person. He is grumpy, witty, and caring and he can be annoying. He is a flawed and unlikely hero. But he is determined and curious and he sees this mystery through to the end. He is also a loyal friend and there is a great sense of trust and comradeship between him and the companions who he ropes in to help in his investigations.
Taryn Maguire was good at hitting the shot called a stinger, good enough to get on the PGA Tour. Taryn was called Stinger. A top golfer, he was also known as a humanitarian. He was found brutally murdered after returning to Willowtree, Arizona, his hometown, for a charity event.
Bruce DelReno, a retired postman and golf enthusiast, found the body and becomes emotionally involved in the murder investigation. With his friends, including Ben Samuel, his Apache sidekick, he uncovers secrets long held by people in Willowtree. When Stinger’s own secret is discovered it becomes a bigger story than his death. Fans of Willowtree, the first Bruce DelReno Mystery, will find more of Bruce’s unique relationships with friends, the police, witnesses, and suspects.
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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.
She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.
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