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After her husband is killed, Minnesota police officer Claire Watkins and her 10-year-old daughter, Meg, move to a small Wisconsin town. Nine months later the crime is still unsolved, but Claire is slowly rebuilding her life. Two things are about to shatter her fragile peace: the murder of her neighbor and the discovery that Meg has a secret -- she saw who killed her father. Someone else knows Meg's secret, too. . . and he's followed them there. . . .
Then the quiet was broken. The baby reached up a hand and jerked at the tablecloth. A spoon hit her on the head, and she started to cry. Bertha Schuler stuck her head out the door and called that dinner was ready. The clock in the hallway struck the half hour. And the first shot was fired. The unsolved murders at a remote Wisconsin farmhouse half a century ago have receded into time. But one deranged man will do anything to make sure that all of Pepin County remembers that bloody day. The world was out of balance. It had been so for nearly fifty years. Only he could see it. Only he could change it. When a quantity of dangerous pesticides is stolen from the local co-op, Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is called in to investigate. The thief has left one bizarre clue: the finger bone of a child long dead. The pesticides soon reappear with devastating effect--in flowerbeds, in animal feed, and in a fatal concoction at a Fourth of July picnic. Each time, a tiny human bone is left at the scene. With the help of Harold Peabody, the quirky, aging editor of theDurand Daily, Claire unravels the secrets of the past, leading her to a pair of young lovers, a man enraged over his mother's death, an obsessive recluse, and the deputy who first discovered the corpses of the Schuler family Claire desperately races against time to find the madman before he uses the lethal pesticide again. But he won't be stopped. Not until he gets what he wants. The truth must be told. Or more will die. The flowers and the birds were only the beginning. . . . Written with Mary Logue's trademark power and compassion,Bone Harvestis a bold, brilliant thriller that carries the reader deep into the heart of the Wisconsin bluffs country, into the hearts of its people--and to a startling conclusion.
Branko: I am here. On this very green Earth. The sun shines for fourteen hours and thirty-three minutes today. The sky is blue like they said it would be. There was one boy I'd never seen before. Quite tall. Gold complexion. Foreign-looking. He watched me swim. He was with an older man. I think it was the one whose daughter disappeared a few years ago. They would give the world for love. Branko is here on Earth for only a short time. He has come on a grave mission: He must find a female. He must bring her home. What will happen to her on his planet isn't quite clear. What is clear is that without her, the planet could die. Tonia loves summer. But something is different about this summer. Her best friend is changing. Her family is fighting. And then she meets someone unlike anyone she's ever met before. This summer could change everything. When their worlds collide, it's like nothing Branko or Tonia could ever have imagined. Mary Logue spins a chilling tale of deeply felt passion that takes root in the shadow of a desperate mission. The result is a love story unlike any other.
Blood Relations Though life in the rural Wisconsin border country is having some healing effects for ex-Minneapolis cop Claire Watkins, she is still plagued by nightmares of past tragedy. Now she's plunged into a shattering murder case that will force her to confront the demons that still haunt her. Jeb Spitzer is knifed to death at the local harvest moon dance. A widower for four years, he leaves three teenagers orphaned. But Claire senses a feeling of desperate relief among the three kids. As she peels back the layers of the crime, she uncovers a shocking connection to Spitzer's wife's "accidental" death, and secrets that premeditated both incidents. But in order to prevent another senseless death, she will have to confront the human capacity to kill -- from which she herself is not immune.
High school newspaper reporter Roni finds an age-progressed photograph on a missing children's website of a boy that looks just like her sidekick Brian, throwing the pair into an investigation of Brian's past and family heritage.
Car mogul Daniel Walker is celebrating New Year's Eve alone. Or at least he thinks he is. The temperature is twenty degrees below zero outside, but he's roasting in his sauna with a bottle of Stolychnaya. Not only is he about to be rid of his wife, but he has just conned an older woman out of her family farm. Everything is going his way. At midnight, he runs outside naked for a quick roll in the snow. But when he tries to get back in the house, he can't. He's been locked out. The next morning he's found, frozen and covered in snow. When deputy sheriff Claire Watkins gets to the scene, she calls an ambulance, remembering that sometimes people in this condition can be revived. As the doctors pump warm fluids through his body, his loved ones gather: his model daughter Danielle, his soon to be ex-wife Sherri Walker. Claire learns of others who weren't happy with him: the son of the woman who sold the farm and the housekeeper's daughter who is giving birth to an unexpected child in the same hospital. While solving this midwinter crime, Claire realizes how tenuous love is and how frozen she's been since her first husband was killed many years ago. She has been happy living with Rich Haggard, but in this chilling season she finds she wants more. Maybe she's finally ready to step into the marriage he's wanted all along.
When a car falls through the ice of Wisconsin's Lake Pepin, deputy sheriff Claire Watkins finds the drowned driver, Buck Owens, tied by his neck to the driver's seat. Buck's girlfriend is then found badly beaten and Claire suspects the same person is responsible for both incidents. Claire soon makes a startling discovery that puts a face on the killer.
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is back, in this tragic, personal follow up to Poison Heart. After an all-night high school Halloween party, a young girl was found dead of an apparent suicide at the foot of Maiden Rock. Now Claire is faced with a growing trend in her rural town'meth labs, doped-up teenagers, and young girls just looking for a way to escape their small-town lives.
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is faced with a difficult case when a friend of the family is suspected of killing his wife. Her investigation puts a great stress on her relationship with her husband. Things are further strained when the suspect attempts suicide, solidifying his guilt in Claire's mind. But what if she's wrong?
Fall comes to Pepin County with a vengeance as Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins confronts a new evil festering beneath the placid surface of the Wisconsin farm community. A refugee from the Twin Cities, Claire has slowly adapted to small-town life-especially now that she loves and lives with Rich Haggard. But in this rural area, other folks are dangerously restless. One is Daniel Reiner, a wealthy part-time resident who's been buying up too much land-at least as far as the locals are concerned. Another is gambling addict and aging gold digger Patty Jo Tilde, who recently married a widower twenty years her senior. Patty is itching to inherit her husband's property, sell it to Reiner, and leave the countryside behind. The only stumbling block-her husband must die. Add to the mix a suspicious goat-herding daughter-in-law and a wounded elk, and things quickly reach a boiling point. As Claire Watkins delves deeper into the mystery, she believes she's uncovered a deadly history of lies, deceit, arson, and poison. Her problem is to prove it-and then she learns what happened to Patty Jo's last husband. . . . Evoking the strong community values and the natural beauty of the Mississippi River Valley, this new Claire Watkins novel is Logue's most exciting yet. Poison Heart is a riveting tale of those who live off the land-and those who end up six feet under it. From the Hardcover edition.
During a field trip in the local woods, Roni and Brian find the local archaeology professor, Andrew Dart, knocked unconscious in a cave, which leads them to investigate a land development scheme.
From award-winning author Pete Hautman and Mary Logue comes a lively mystery series. When high school student Alicia Camden suddenly disappears, the small town of Bloodwater is in shock. And it's up to Roni Delicata, reporter for the school's Bloodwater Pump, and her brilliant sidekick, Brian Bain, to figure out what's going on. With suspects all around them and suspicions high, Roni and Brian risk their lives -- and a few groundings from their parents -- to get to the bottom of things. But can they find Alicia and solve the mystery before it's too late? Full of suspense and humor, readers will love to watch the hilarious relationship between Roni and Brian as they save the day.
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