May 5, 2021–PoconoArts member Nancy Tully shares news of a new mystery thriller, The Case of the Missing Monarch, written by Mary Anne Moore, a retired physics professor from East Stroudsburg University. The detective story explores a murder at a local wildlife refuge and was inspired by hiking at the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR) in Monroe County, PA. The book features 70 photographs donated by local nature photographers, including about 40 taken by Nancy.
Sherman Howells, an accomplished actor known for his character roles in regional theater, and Ronald Watson, retired from the international spy game and stage manager for all of Howells’ productions, are the masterful sleuths hoping to solve the mystery in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. A baron with ties to Transylvanian royalty has hired the two men for a missing person’s case. In a mountain town known more for its access to nature than big city sophistication, the plot thickens at a community theater’s production of Oliver! The clues are subtle and somewhat conflicting. Howells’ dressing room is filled with milkweed and butterflies. Someone is murdered at the wildlife refuge. An assassination plot on one of the actors is discovered. Who are the villains here? Howells and Watson reveal all in the end.
The book is available at Amazon.com. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Friends of CVNWR, supporting the efforts of this important, local citizen-based organization. The Case of the Missing Monarch