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About the author: Marte Brengle published her first work at the age of 12, a satirical retelling of the story of Macbeth in verse.She's since published movie and concert reviews, poetry, satire, song parodies, technical articles and software manuals.
From her home in Burbank, California, she now runs Logan Books, manages four technical forums and keeps up three active blogs. Closed Circuit is her first novel, and the first in a series about the fictional town of Lyric, Iowa. The second book in the series, Dutchman's Puzzle, is scheduled for publication in spring 2011.
Marte Brengle comes from a long line of teachers, preachers, and writers. Born at the beginning of the Fifties, she entered her teen years as the Beatles conquered the world, graduated from high school into the tumultuous, catastrophic world of 1968, and graduated from college just when Nixon thought he had it all.
This produced a distinctive world view that falls into no set category.
In the tradition of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, she creates novels full of warmly appealing characters, who must come to terms with themselves, their surroundings and their pasts.
Small town stories make for in-depth novels and Marte Brengle's debut Closed Circuit is no exception. Lyric, Iowa and the electronics repair shop on the northwest corner of the town square set the stage for mystery, drama and romance. A sticky hot summer has barely begun when Ruth Peyton discovers that her landlord has sold the building where she lives and works - to Adam Tallbott, someone from her past that she'd rather not speak to ever again. Not only that, but there are rumours flying that he's bought other buildings around town, and is planning to raze them all. Or build a supermarket. Or dig for minerals. Gossip runs wild and all too soon Ruth finds herself in the thick of it, as Adam tries to win his way back into her life. Can she play him long enough to find out what he's really up to - without losing her heart to him in the process? Brengle has created an entire cast of characters for Lyric who soon become as familiar to the reader as their own friends, and the story is told in an omniscient voice that allows their individual traits to shine through. There's Chet, the kind curmudgeon who works with Ruth - determined to solve his own mystery in the town - Jodi, femme fatale, who gets her comeuppance the first time in one hilarious scene involving a too-short skirt - and a few shady characters running - or trying to run - a pot growing operation. Plus Grace, Eleanor, Eddie... The next book in the series is called The Dutchman's Puzzle and will continue the story of Lyric and its inhabitants - I can't wait!
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