- Series: A Mystery In Maine
- Paperback: 422 pages
- Publisher: Kwill Books; 1 edition (May 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8494614959
- ISBN-13: 978-8494614958
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
I've been chased by moose, river otters, and mad mother partridges. And that's recent. My seriously unsupervised childhood exploring clam flats, deep forests, and secret streams grew into my mystery/thriller,"Deadly Trespass."
"Deadly Trespass" has received the national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was named a national finalist in the Women's Fiction Writers Association "Rising Star" contest, a finalist in the international Mslexia novel competition, and in Maine, received Honorable Mention in the Joy of the Pen competition.
The novel is infused with the drama and laughter of various outdoor careers, the sadness of loss, and close encounters with dogs and wildlife. I've been a whitewater river outfitter, licensed Maine Guide, co-founder of a coalition to protect the Penobscot River from a dam, and I am the author/editor of "Valuing theNature of Maine," and 'Watching Out for Maine's Wildlife" (reports that document nature's economic value).
My ValueNature blog shares research and documentation useful to those who want to prove that the natural world has impressive economic might.
I live on Moosehead Lake with my husband and Labradors and would rather be fly fishing,
skiing, paddling, or just generally "out there"--unless I'm writing new stories that guide people to a disappearing world.
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While at first looks like a rescue story about a girl trying to find her dog, it will
soon become into something more dangerous and darker than it was before,
Cassandra wouldn’t even believe in what she’s into, even a dead body and
what appears to be a bigger threat than the wild life inhabiting the woods.
I find this book amazing, the attention to details in the environments is
exceptional and it build the atmosphere surrounding every step Cassandra
takes like you were right beside her, it is quite frightening! As for the story the
pace is really well handled, and how some of the mysteries are unravel are well
done too, not exposed in one big dialogue scene but rather like linking all the
clues you have been ‘collecting’. A truly amazing book, I highly recommend it.
And because the author has an easy writing style, I did enjoy it. I don’t normally read mystery books with heavy and strong choices of words so this definitely sealed the deal for me. The events were interesting enough to make me feel invested in the story. And there were twists that raise the hairs on my skin. I have to applaud the author for being able to come up with a unique mystery book like this. There were some little imperfections when it comes to the descriptions of the details, though, but as a whole, it was a book that mystery lovers will definitely enjoy.
Sandra Neily introduces us to Patton Conover, who has a way of stirring up trouble with the questions she asks and always being in places she isn’t welcome. Patton is hiding away in the Maine forests while healing from a broken marriage when her friend’s death pushes her to get back to moving among those she left behind in Washington D.C.
“The love of money is the root of all evil” has a new meaning when Patton finds Shannon crushed by a tree. Patton suspects it could be to hide the myth that wolves have taken up residency in the Main forests again. If wolves are back, then millions of dollars would be lost to developers. They begin to wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to kill off the wolves and Patton at the same time.
Both personally and professionally, Cassandra Patton Conover, the protagonist in Neily’s defiant debut mystery, challenges the world to take her on—person by person, group by group. In her fifties, Patton, as she prefers to be called, keeps painful memories (emotionally abusive marriage, Maine state lobbying career roadblocks) to herself as she dares others, friendly or hostile, to prove themselves. Patton may not be an easy presence, but she’s fully present, and the people who love her depend on her for that.
As the book opens, Patton justifies trespassing across a wealthy landowner’s acreage in order to reach a public-property river to go fishing with her Labrador retriever. The dog, however, quickly disappears, on the scent of something both unusual and well known. He has found the dead body of Patton’s best friend, Shannon Angeles.
Put on your safety goggles and start your engine. This author’s commitment to strong verbs and deep emotions (which she has worked to instill in me as a writing buddy) will propel you across the wildest of Maine’s terrain and into its coldest waters—in search of whispered wolves, possible murderers, odd bedfellows, greedy sons of bitches, and reasons for it all. Patton’s imagined conversations with animals, love for her daughter, and her own surprise at romantic feelings for her ex-husband’s best friend squash the isolation she seriously flirts with and tries to inflict on others.
Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Ellen Glasgow once said, “[E]very great novel has broken many conventions. The greatest of all novels defies every formula.” While not defying every formula, there’s nothing formulaic about author Neily’s multilayered mystery that stunned this reader with graphic scenes of beauty and mayhem while immersing me (a mostly city gal) in Maine’s environment—natural and political.
At the start of this review, I used the word “defiant” to describe this eco mystery. Why? For one thing, it defies the reader to experience not only the beauty in our senses but also the squalor. Of her friend’s mangled body, Patton recalls, “Gray, pink-tinged fluid dripped from one ear, and one green eye stared at me the way she always stared at me when I didn’t have answers.” Also defiant is the prodding way the author gets her points across: “In two months ticks could suck ten gallons of blood from a moose calf and tilt its fate toward death… [I] tried to feel grateful for all species—even lowlife species like reporters and ticks.” Defiant is Patton herself, spitting back the pain that smacks her even as she perceives a dark humor in it.
In welcoming you to author Sandra Neily’s world, I must quote one of my favorite early paragraphs, when Patton is in a vehicle that has a dead moose tied to its roof: “Soft moose muzzle brushed my lips when I leaned into the truck’s cab. I pressed my weight into the animal’s neck, closed my eyes, and imagined him alive. Four hours ago he’d been knee deep in Tomhegan Bog, flesh rippling with urgency, nostrils squeezed back to suck in female-scented air. He must have heard the hunters stop and open their doors, but maybe a cow grazed upwind. While he swung his nose toward her, men stepped into the road and raised their rifles.”