One mark of a worthwhile, useful book review is whether it gives the reader a good idea of whether she or he would want to read the book. By that standard, Bob Moyer excels in this review.
Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer
A DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY. By Annelise Ryan. Berkeley. 322 pages. $27.
Question #1: What is a cryptozoologist? That’s a person who hunts cryptids — “creatures whose existence is rumored but never proven to be real.” In other words, the Loch Ness monster, et al. The chief wants to find out if such a monster might be involved.
Question #2: Do you care?
Well, you may care if you enjoy books that discuss the many forms of “cryptids” through history, accompanied by a charming trip around the tourist spot that is Door County. Author Annelise Ryan knows her locale, and lays it out well. She even develops a premise that would explain how such a monster could make its way into Lake Michigan.
On the other hand, you may not care if you don’t enjoy books that introduce a flirtation between the two main characters, and never resolve it. You may not care if you enjoy your villain being hidden in plain sight until the conclusion, not just given a flash appearance and then brought back at the end. And, if you’re looking for proof of a real live cryptid (spoiler alert), you won’t find it here.
You also may care if you have read the other “best-selling” books by the author, the Mattie Winston series. Otherwise…