A novelist specializing in historical fiction with a mystery twist.
An unexpected death in the family forces a sophisticated Chicago couple to move to a small Wisconsin peat bog in 1920 to cultivate cranberries. Family secrets delay the unraveling of the truth behind a mysterious accident set in Indianhead country of the North Woods.
One of the founding families of the city of Chicago, the Peacocks, lose prestige after WWII due to scandal and murder. Their pride is most hurt when suburban sprawl and social casualness render their renowned downtown jewelry store, CD Peacock, passé.
Two gray-haired women are quickly dismissed after reporting evil doings within the Yellowstone Park. Although their crime-solving skills are unwanted, like the alphas of a wolf pack, they teach the younger rangers and F.B.I. agents the effectiveness in cooperative hunting.
Young survivors of the Balkan wars work independently to bring war criminals to justice. Risking their lives, they spy, record testimonies, and track fugitives as far as desolate Eastern Oregon where they encounter romance, dodge assassin bullets, and clash with cowboy culture.
A gay Hungarian, a Polish farmer, an orphan, a Wehrmacht deserter, and a librarian all reside in an East Berlin apartment building—Die Birken. The Wall and Stasi surveillance restricted their choices to three: resist, escape, or build a community. They manage to do all three while finding Soviet missiles and Nazi stolen art.