Today’s book is one that was written by one of the teachers in our high school Language Arts department. Seeking Signs by Staci Mercado. She took an old murder from Clinton County’s past that hadn’t been solved, did some research and then wrote a book that combines historical fact plus some fiction as to what actually happened and who done it.
From Amazon “The 2013 Midwest Book Award winner for historical fiction. One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer’s death shocked her rural Iowa community. A young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn on a rainy summer morning in 1913. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family members were not convinced. Was it suicide—or was it murder? Seeking Signs, based on actual events, is the story of a young girl’s search for answers in the wake of a family tragedy. To solve the mystery of her older sister’s puzzling death, 13-year-old Elsie follows tips from a booklet titled “The Baum Detective Agency Course.” As she begins observing and gathering evidence, Elsie encounters clues that call into question the coroner’s report and lead her into a shadowy world of deceit and betrayal. Elsie’s notebook and entries from Minnie’s diary reveal an unexpected truth: a truth that interprets a young wife’s troubled past in a community not as safe as it seems. Seeking Signs takes the reader into a world steeped in history and superstition. As Elsie hunts for signs, her voice brings the time period and its people to life. The answers she finds take her investigation to a conclusion that changes the path of her life forever and ultimately catapults her from innocence to a compelling coming of age.”
A delightful, quick, fun read. Be sure to check it out.