Oliver Wright WWII Mysteries
2018 Daphne du Maurier Award winner for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense
Oliver Wright and his German shepherd, Harley, members of the Marine K-9 Corps, survived Guam, barely, and are home in Point Richmond, California, once a quiet community surrounded by rolling hills, eucalyptus trees, and brine-scented breezes off the San Francisco Bay. Quiet no longer, the town never sleeps. All-night theaters, blues clubs, and juke joints have sprung up to entertain the newcomers working to win the war.
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Contrary to what many people think, California has seasons as distinct as those in other regions of the country. It’s Autumn now. Shorter days have robbed the leaves of chlorophyll, and vineyards and trees glow with vibrant color: mahogany, red, yellow, and chartreuse. Here in wine country, it is also the season of “the Crush.” While keeping a close eye on the weather, winemakers use chemistry, intuition, and experience to determine the optimal time to harvest the grapes. Then workers quickly...
“A skillfully written mystery taking place during a very distressing period in American history, yet confirms that hope and kindness can triumph over intolerance in the darkest of times.”
—San Francisco Book Review
Mary Adler writes. Finally. The long and winding road to writing mystery novels took many detours: proofreader, secretary, pre-school teacher, photographer, lawyer, and medical school dean. Perhaps they weren’t so much detours as unscheduled stops where she filled the well she draws on to write mysteries set in California.
She is a 2018 Daphne du Maurier Award winner for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and when she is not writing, she is probably reading. Her rescue dogs from Mexico keep her company while she gardens and cooks and make her look good when performing canine scent work.