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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 Central Florida. The couple lives in Tampa.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Mystery and Suspense Press (November 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595204104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595204106
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mount Dora is a sleepy lakeside community outside bustling Orlando, far away from the big mouse and screaming rides, and is known more for antiques than crime. My most personal memory of Mount Dora is a wonderful, sleepy day of drinking far too many Dos Equis at the Mexican restaurant while celebrating Cinco de Mayo, years ago.
In contrast, author Cook takes you along with Brandy O'Bannon, an enthusiastic if inexperienced journalist, to the Mount Dora where cottonmouths strike out of the dark and old murderers flit across the mists. A classic mystery novel, Trace Their Shadows has more than a fair share of crime, clues and villains.
Cook brings an old south knowledge of the people and place alive, reviving memories of the Florida, good and bad, that is rapidly disappearing, replaced by developments and theme parks. O'Bannon reminds me of what I imagine Nancy Drew would be if she were plopped into the twenty-first century, a little more worldly-wise, but still inquisitive and forever into things she shouldn't.
Trace their Shadows is well crafted, an entertaining trip across the new Florida to the old.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 5, 2002
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Ann Turner Cook was one of the celebrated Gerber babies at the beginning of her life. She is presently a retired English teacher, living in Central Florida, where she researches for her mystery writing with her husband. She acted as an emissary for the Gerber Company and has made several guest appearances on national talk and news shows, including The Today Show; Good Morning, America; Entertainment Tonight; Sally Jesse Raphael; and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. She is just as cute now as she was as a Gerber baby.
Brandy O'Bannon is trying to save her job with the Tavares Beacon by writing an interesting feature article for her editor, Mr. Tyler. It concerns an old mansion that is decaying and about to be sold to a developer. Brookfield Able bequeathed the old mansion to his sister Sylvania, with the understanding that she could sell it if she so desired. There are rumors that the mansion is haunted, and the tale of a bizarre drowning forty-five years ago adds to the mystery. Brandy enlists the aid of Sylvania's grand-nephew, architect John Able, to gain access to Sylvania and the mansion's sad and eerie history. John and Brandy connect after sharing life-threatening experiences as they "look around" the mansion for artifacts and find human remains:
"At the same instant, the moccasin's fangs sank into John's hand. She gave a sob, sprang out of the boat, and rushed toward John as the moccasin drew back and slid over the edge of the pier into the water. John had dropped to his knees, supporting his wounded arm with the other hand."
Ann Turner Cook's twenty-six years of teaching high school literature shines through in her writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James D. Jones on May 3, 2012
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Yes, Ann Turner Cook is yet another Florida mystery writer with the distinction of having been the Gerber Baby. A beloved English teacher by many accounts, she began writing after her retirement from teaching. I enjoyed this book very much. It isn't quite as tame and straightforward as something like Nancy Drew but certainly doesn't twist and turn like Chandler or smoulder like Sheldon. That being said, it should definitely keep the reader interested and offers many passages of excitement. I decided to read this because it takes place in Lake County, FL where I have spent a few great years of my life. I was not disappointed with Turner-Cook's depiction of the County and the Harris chain of lakes. I would recommend this book to any fan of Florida fiction. It's a ghost story and murder mystery with an undertone of romance. The characters are easily imagined yet are far from being one-dimensional. Turner-Cook's knowledge of plants and flowers is impressive and her description of the landscape vivid. You will imagine wading birds taking flight from the pages before your eyes. There is nothing pretentious or agenda driven in the book which makes it a good solid lighter read for most anyone's tastes. Read it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn L. Wilson on February 1, 2010
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A+ to Seller. Would purchase from this Seller again!

The book is excellent. She taught at Madison Junior High in Tampa, FL where I attended back in the '60's.
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