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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1St Edition edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595278434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595278435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Cook's lackluster second novel featuring newspaper reporter Brandy O'Bannon (after 2001's Trace Their Shadows), Brandy and her husband, John, come to the proudly old-fashioned community of Cedar Key, Fla., for a long weekend. Intrigued by a classified ad asking the whereabouts of a woman and child who vanished in the area during a hurricane 20 years earlier, Brandy thinks there may be a story in it. John, hoping for a romantic weekend, is bored and irritable. Much of the action centers on the town's historic hotel: the private investigator who placed the ad is staying there, as are Brandy and John; the dining-room waitress may be the missing child; a skeleton found in a basement cistern may be the missing woman. Like many a plucky young heroine before her, Brandy plunges headlong into this multilayered mystery, ignoring police warnings and her increasingly resentful husband. An overly busy plot, alas, is weighed down with limp prose and repetition, including scenes of Brandy making endless lists of what she has learned and what she plans to do next. The tantalizing glimpses of the charming Cedar Key, deliberately turning its back on the tourist dollar, make readers wish for a stronger sense of place.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Ann Turner Cook began life as the model for the Gerber Products trademark, and her works emphasize the bond between mother and child. A member of Mystery Writers of America, the retired English teacher and her husband research her novels among the rivers, lakes, and small towns of west Central Florida. The couple lives in Tampa.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rodgman43 on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
A phenomenal effort by Mrs. Cook. I was intially drawn to this novel after a recent 3-day trip to Cedar Key and I'm so glad I came upon it. I'm an avid reader of Randy White, RBP, John D. MacDonald, Peter Matthiessen, Dennis Lehane, etc., and I'm sure that Mrs. Cook's books will lay next to theirs' in my bookcase for years to come. Brandy O'Bannon can hang with Doc Ford and Travis McGee any day of week. I almost wish I'd had Mrs. Cook as my High School English teacher, too, as maybe I would've turned into the writer I always wanted to be (instead of the 9-5 software professional I ended up being). Highly engrossing, highly suspenseful, highly characterized, highly rich in FLA history, and highly recommended.
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A terrific mystery with very little silliness. Perfect for us folks who like to be able to sleep without nightmares after reading.
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By Kathy on December 1, 2013
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Bought this book on a whim after hearing about the author on CBS. Since I know the area well where she sets her stories I was doubly interested. Turned out to be a fun read and a nice diversion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on April 6, 2011
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Knowing the city of Cedar Key, and loving it as I do, this book was a pleasure to read as I recognized so many of the places in the book.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2004
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Ann Turner Cook is the individual behind the famous Gerber baby picture we all grew up with. She is a retired English teacher and member of the Mystery Writers of America. She resides in Tampa Florida with her husband, who assists her in her research.
Brandy O'Bannon is trying to make a name for herself in the newspaper business, and to do that she needs the elusive "big story." When her editor sends her out to investigate the story of a woman from New York who has been missing for twenty years, she springs into action. The woman had a two and a half year old daughter, and they simply vanished in the Cedar Key area. When O'Bannon arrives in Cedar Key, she quickly meets a woman named Cara Waters who may be the missing child, and learns of a skeleton found in the cistern in the basement of a local hotel which could be the mother. But what events transpired and how to track them down is the big challenge for Brandy. Her husband, John, is being actively pursued by his architectural intern, Tiffany Moore. The folk of Cedar Key are tight-lipped, and Brandy thinks they know much more than they admit. A fellow investigator is murdered, and Brandy begins to worry for her own safety:
"She had started across the narrow sidewalk toward a street lamp when she heard the scuffle of footsteps behind her. She whirled. A thick figure was rising from the basement entry, its face grotesque, a blur of mashed lips and flattened nose. Brandy dropped her suitcase. Her heart thudded and her fingers tightened around the straps of her bag. A stocking mask, of course."
Ann Turner Cook writes quite a colorful story for someone with such an angelic face. Her writing is of a high caliber, clear and full of action.
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