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Feckenmeyer's Mailbox (The Dick Stranger Crime Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

T. E. Vernier
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dick Stranger didn’t intend to become a detective, but the local police department failed to follow up on a case dear to his heart. Retired from the local college, Dick runs a book store combined with a coffee shop and liquor store. Plus a small used car lot on the side. If that isn’t enough, now Dick has his hands full with curious events. The reluctant detective in small town Woodstock, Wisconsin takes on a routine investigation, but is faced with a hijacked wine shipment, a fireworks store with suspicious merchandise, a farm with dubious crops, and a questionable police chief. Plus, a few unnamed individuals seem to want Dick to mind his own business. On top of it all, the manager of his book store may have other plans for Dick. As the story unfolds, friends and business associates team up with Dick Stranger to uncover the bad guys. Dick and his trusty Cairn Terrier take it all on in Feckenmeyer’s Mailbox, first in the Dick Stranger crime series.


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About the Author

T. E. Vernier writes from his home in western Wisconsin. He has a background in education and business, and currently is the Customer Care trainer for a regional auto group. Feckenmeyer’s Mailbox is his first novel and the first in the Dick Stranger crime series. His inspiration comes from local color and characters, and from stories that were always meant to be told. T. E. Vernier lives with Denise, his wife of 39 years, and with his Cairn Terrier, Makeup.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1465 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: T & D Publishing; 1 edition (September 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3FEDNM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROY.G.BIV for Acronym Spectrum July 14, 2014
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Dick Stranger wasn't a detective. But, losing his wife, Antonina to a hit and run driver launched Dick' s investigative career. Dick and Antonina had property in Italy and in Woodstock, Wisconsin. He owned warehouse business properties and had a shrew eye for business deals. No matter what. Dick collected vintage cars, dreamed about great piano debuts, wore designer Sun glasses, and taught Renaissance and Elizabethan Literature and Creative Writing at Woodstock College.
Katherine Kaul was the Bookstore manager. A Stranger Place boasted of three related businesses. Kate was six feet, green eyed, and red haired. She was interested in Dick. She also liked Earth shoes and long Earth mother dresses.
Jean Paradise was the bookkeeper for Life's A Blast, a fireworks store, a n d the wife of Giorgio Santo, Dick' s Italian friend and compatriot. Boris Shiraz owned Life's A Blast, a choice property bought at a tax auction. Feckenmeyer' s Mailbox is an intersection of the town road and Boris Shiraz' s farm. This farm now was also a llama ranch.
Stranger has taken on a routine investigation. He soon learns about a hijacked wine shipment, suspicious merchandise at the fireworks store, and underhanded shenanigans involving dubious crops.
Life is never as simple as it seems in Woodstock. Could those rumours be true, that Boris would sell alcohol and explosives, 2 for 1? Venture into this well written story. Wallow in the luxury of antique automobiles and crafty sales people who sideline as piano players at night, and private detectives when the sun rises. This is very descriptive writing with excellent characterization.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No discernible plot August 24, 2014
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Couldn't get close to finishing this. Started with high hopes, but the relentless descriptions of every room and every person in this tension-less town defeated me. After almost 100 pages, NOTHING HAD HAPPENED. If you enjoy House Beautiful magazine, read this "novel." If you're looking for a mystery, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! October 2, 2014
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Intriguing! It took awhile for the characters to figure out what was going on and it kept you guessing along the way. I liked Dick Stranger but I thought the use of the word "stranger" was a little over the top. I would probably read another Dick Stranger crime story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better August 25, 2014
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I basically liked most of the story but I found the writing to jump around too much. And there were too many characters to keep track of along with their own storylines. A few would have been interesting but with so many it became annoying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I spent the first three or four chapters waiting for ... December 23, 2014
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I spent the first three or four chapters waiting for something exciting, forwarded five or six chapters and repeatedthe process, and then did it again. This book moves very slowly and could have been told in half the space.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too slow for me but well-written August 26, 2014
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It's okay, not really my thing. And yet it has a plot and sub-plots and is well written. Not bad, just too slow for me. Someone with different tastes might love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Midwest mystery September 22, 2014
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Entertaining, though sometimes scattered, story of mob connections and drug running in a quiet Midwestern town. Sometimes the many characters got a bit confusing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a dirty sheriff, Chicago mobs and a Mexican stolen car ...
In small town Wisconsin for this one, a humorous light hearted mystery centered around a self-made store, bar, used car dealer and private investigator among other pursuits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert B. Carels
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of mirth and mystery
My favorite character was Jung the terrier.His delight in all the smells was endearing. The range of criminal activity along with Dick Stranger's detecting added toy enjoyment.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first offering
Great first offering in what I hope to be a long-lived series of books! Dick Stranger has an intriguing existence that begs more telling.
Published 14 months ago by Lisa Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertained and intrigued!
What a fun and fabulous book! The characters really come to life through the author's very visual descriptions. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Susan C. Kohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Feckenmeyer's Mailbox
I started this book and finished it within 24 hours...simply couldn't stop reading! Was drawn by the title and the description, and this book really delivered: great characters,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jan MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Will attract faithful followers to Wisconsin
Feckenmeyer's Mailbox sneaks up on you. T.E. Vernier's first in what he describes as the Dick Stranger series will attract faithful followers to Wisconsin just as James Lee Burke... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carroll Colby
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T. E. Vernier writes from his home in western Wisconsin. He has a background in education and business, and currently is the Customer Care trainer for a regional auto group. Feckenmeyer's Mailbox is the first in the Dick Stranger crime series. T.E.'s inspiration comes from local color and characters, and from stories that were always meant to be told. T. E. Vernier lives with Denise, his wife of 39 years, and with his Cairn Terrier, Makeup.

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