Item description for Page One: Vanished by Nancy Barr...
A dusty old scrapbook in a used bookstore finds its way into the hands of Robin Hamilton, small-town newspaper reporter, who is taking a day off in the tiny tourist town of Copper Harbor, Michigan. The frayed scrapbook's first page holds a photo of Mary Jo Quinn with the dates, 1960-1974. The golden brown eyes from the picture seem to peer into Robin's soul, prodding her to read the newspaper clippings inside that describe the young girl's disappearance on her last day of school. It rocked the small community of Houghton in '74. As Robin shares her discovery, she learns of the disappearance of another girl in Ishpeming, five years later in '79, same age, same time of year, same odd occurrence, vanished without a trace. Robin's mind begins to wonder about these similarities. Girls sometimes run away, the local residents conclude, but when Robin's editor recalls the disappearance of yet another young girl in yet another town of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1993, Robin is powerless to ignore the possibility that these disappearances were not runaway girls at all, but abductions and possibly murders. Through relentless inquiries, it appears that five young girls went missing in the U.P. over a thirty-year period. Robin investigates the cases for the newspaper and uncovers disturbing facts and another girl's disappearance after a mysterious intruder warns Hamilton to mind her own business. Racing to reveal a perpetrator, our heroine finds herself in harm's way with unfathomable evil.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 2, 2007
Publisher Arbutus Press
ISBN 1933926163 ISBN13 9781933926162
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Barr
An award-winning journalist for more than 10 years in Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula
Nancy Barr currently resides in Houghton. Nancy Barr was born in 1972.
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Redemption in the Upper Peninsula Apr 22, 2008
Nancy Barr's second mystery again features Robin Hamilton, a 30-something reporter in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While vacationing with her best friend in a nearby tourist town, she visits a bookstore and finds a scrapbook that had been kept by a local schoolteacher, now deceased. It contains an account of and exposes the tragic disappearance of a young girl on the last day of junior high, including extensive newspaper clippings of the ensuing search. Robin becomes intrigued by the girl's story, and it leads her to investigate other missing persons. Eventually, she uncovers a disturbing pattern. Girls have been going missing in the area over the last twenty years, at a rate of one every five years. Pursuing the serial killer, and solving the crime, leads to unexpected horror.
The characters Barr has created are realistically drawn and become people you'd like to hang out with (well, except for the killer...). The backstory of Robin's recent loss, and a story of family redemption and forgiveness are well played and engaging. Robin becomes a good friend, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with her. The story takes us on a quite a nice tour of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and gives us a peek into an interesting and beautiful part of the country that I hadn't been aware of before reading this entertaining "cozy."
by Catherine Cogburn for Story Circle Book Reviews reviewing books by, for, and about women
A Great UP Mystery Nov 11, 2007
You don't have to be a resident of Michigan's Upper Pennisula to love Nancy Barr's Robin Hamilton Mystery Series. If you are familiar with the UP (Upper Pennisula)there will be an added plus to your enjoyment. I have read and enjoyed all of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight novels which also are set in Michigan's UP. It is wonderful to have another author to enjoy my favorite pennisula and great mysteries with. Thank you, Nancy Barr!
Set in a land apart Jun 4, 2007
Nancy Barr's writing style is at ease, especially in her second mystery novel as Nancy gets comfortable in her mystery writing career. I love the setting - Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula - and Barr takes us all over the land apart to find 5 missing girls. Can't wait for the next in the Robin Hamilton series.