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Puzzle People (A Berlin Mystery) Paperback – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
Doug Peterson is a Gold-Medallion-winning author with a storied writing career. He is a versatile writer and the author of 60 books, including three historical novels with Bay Forest—The Disappearing Man, The Puzzle People, and The Vanishing Woman.
After writing for the VeggieTales series, Doug made a successful transition to historical novelist. He has emerged as a popular author and speaker on history, doing events at the Museum of Man in San Diego, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Malone University in Canton, and numerous schools in Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee.
In addition, The Disappearing Man was selected by Canton, Ohio, for its 2011 One Book, One Community program. Doug is currently working with an actress/director on her first-person portrayal of Ellen Craft, heroine of his latest novel, The Vanishing Woman. Ellen Craft, a light-skinned slave, escaped in 1848 by posing as a white man, while her husband pretended to be her slave.
Other highlights of Doug’s writing career include:
• Author of 42 books for the popular VeggieTales series
• Co-storywriter for the best-selling VeggieTales video, Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
• Science writer for the University of Illinois for over 30 years
• Author of over 500 stories and articles published in more than 20 magazines
• Author of “The Career of Horville Sash,” a popular short story made into a music video featuring Grammy-winner Jennifer Warnes
• Co-writer of “Roman Ruins,” an episode in the bestselling line of How to Host a Murder party games
Doug lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife Nancy (a therapist for over 30 years), and they have two grown sons. His next novel, due out in 2013, will deal with Civil War spies and submarines.
You can find him on Facebook under “Doug Peterson Author.” Also, check out his website and “History By The Slice” blog at: www.bydougpeterson.com.
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When The Berlin Wall came down, the year was 1989, and if you were around back then, you remembered it. Didn't you? Now honestly, being on 13 back then? It really didn't mean a whole lot to me, but watching the news, I could tell it meant a lot to some people.
It really meant a lot to the East German secret police, the Stasi, because they ripped things up. They didn't want people to know what had been going on. And by tearing things apart, destroying evidence, people aren't going to know what's up. Right? THINK AGAIN.
Annie O'Shea loves jigsaw puzzles. She loves them to the point where she is a Puzzle Person. And she puts documents back together that were supposed to be shredded. Before everybody knows it, Annie comes up with something, and she doesn't know who to trust. Things are corrupt, and she's looking for answers. Finding those answers might be dangerous, especially in the wrong company.
Larry The Cucumber wanted to be a superhero, and for a few episodes of VeggieTales, he became LarryBoy! Doug Peterson wrote a ton of VeggieTales books. So why would I bring this up? Because sometimes, in the words of LarryBoy, "The world needs a hero. I AM THAT HERO!!!" That's what "The Puzzle People" reminds me of. Because it isn't always popular to stop what's popular, and some people out there don't like it when you uncover their secrets. But that's exactly why people like Annie O'Shea step up from time to time. Are these people looking to be heroes? Not likely, but they are just the same. And through the puzzle pieces Doug Peterson put together, it was quite entertaining, and will always be a memorable tale!
The story has many elements of a Cold War thriller. There are spies, soldiers, government agents, and more than one shoot-out. But ultimately this book is about finding peace with an often very painful past. The characters each must cope with their own scars, some successfully, others not so much. And even the collapse almost over night of East Germany does not mean that everything will just go back to "normal."
According to the notes in the book, the author, Doug Peterson, spent a great deal of time researching the story and visiting the actual locations in Germany. The research is well-used in the story, with many of the incidents being inspired by actual events. Peterson vividly captures the oppressive, gray life on the East side of the wall. He makes the reader dread the Stasi and their ruthless methods. Peterson also devotes a lot of attention to the vital but often over-looked role of the Church in the collapse of East Germany, and the role of spirituality in the face of hopeless oppression. Overall, and excellent read. I can't wait for Peterson's next book!
Doug Peterson is a wonderful story-teller. He draws the reader in with his details as the story unfolds.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in history, mystery and a bit of romance.