"Home Fires Burning" is a traditional mystery set in Wisconsin, a cozy state known for its nice people -- and for Senator Joe McCarthy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the loner who inspired "Psycho." Alison York works hard to be nice. She gritted her teeth through an amicable divorce, and now she's bought an affordable bungalow on a dead-end street, determined to rebuild a stable home for her kids.
When the kids gripe about the dumpy house, she's patient. When fire, flood, frogs and feuds plague her new neighborhood, she stays upbeat. But when the neighborhood busybody drops dead after eating poisoned potluck soup, Alison realizes the "bad luck" won't stop -- and her children won't be safe -- until the saboteur is caught.
With the police investigation stalled, Alison decides to unmask which of her friendly but oddly assorted neighbors has been inflaming old grudges and why -- before her house goes up in smoke and her kids move back with their father. She'll gossip, snoop, and even ask rude questions, if that's what it takes.
No more Ms. Nice Guy….
That is a hook. It's funny. It's focused.
Bleak House Books in Madison Wisconsin doesn't do cozies....too bad!