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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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A Thousand Bones

Rick Coates - July 5th, 2007
Northern Michigan has served as the backdrop and inspiration to many a writer and author. Most notable on the list are Ernest Hemingway and Jim Harrison. Add to that list New York Times bestselling author P.J. Parrish.
Parrish is the author of the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Louis Kincaid mystery novel series, which uses the the Leelanau Peninsula as the setting to launch a new crime novel series featuring Joe Frye, a female police officer and Kincaid’s lover. The new novel, “A Thousand Bones,” was released last week and Parrish is touring through Northern Michigan doing a series of book signings.
 
TWO IN ONE
P.J. Parrish (actually two sisters Kristie Montee and Kelly Nichols) grew up in Detroit. Both sisters had a passion for writing at an early age, as well as a passion for Northern Michigan. (By the way, they spoke to the Express as one voice -- that of P.J. Parrish).
“As a child my father was constantly in search of that dream cottage in Northern Michigan,” said Parrish. “Every summer the family would head north in search with him, and we visited all those wonderful places. I fell in love with it. Now I am returning and taking up my fathers passion and in search of that dream cottage.”
Parrish will poke around Northern Michigan during a 12-stop book signing tour over two weeks. The sisters visited the area over a year ago on a book signing junket and began thinking that the region would make a great setting for a murder mystery.
“This story wouldn’t work in Detroit where I am from. You expect that sort of thing in a big city,” said Parrish. “But at the same time it is so nice up north that you wouldn’t expect it to happen up there. So I have to be careful not to overdo it. The next book will be set in Ann Arbor.”
 
HEY JOE...
The sisters hope to draw inspiration during their book signing tour to return their new protagonist Joe Frye to the north for another murder mystery.
“I like the idea of a setting in the vineyard on the Leelanau Peninsula,” said Parrish. “During the last book tour I stopped in and met Bernie Rink at Boskeydel. Now there is a character.”
Is Parrish thinking of having Rink murdered, or turning him into some raving winemaking massacre maniac? Guess we’ll have to wait for the book to find out.
The introduction of Joe Frye as the central character was a combination of a request from the new publisher and something that Parrish had been thinking about.
“The new publisher asked, but I had been thinking about bringing Fry forward because of her popularity with the readers,” said Parrish.
Those familiar with the Leelanau Peninsula will realize that Echo Bay (where Frye got her start as a rookie cop) is Leland. Parrish on her website offers several wonderful links to the Leelanau Peninsula and photos of the region that served as the story’s inspiration.
So when will the next book be out?
“In this business you have to produce one book a year or you will lose your readers,” said Parrish. “So next summer for the next book and possibly 2009 for the book set in the Leelanau vineyards.”
 For now the sisters will relive childhood memories as they travel through Northern Michigan signing copies of “A Thousand Bones.” The book is a great read and perfect for the beach or keeping around the cabin. This looks like another bestselling series from P.J. Parrish. To meet the author (both sisters), stop by one of the many book signings in the region. To learn more about P.J. Parrish and her other books visit pjparrish.com.
 
 
P.J. Parrish “A Thousand Bones”
book signing schedule:
Monday, July 2, 1:00-3:00pm Bridge Street Books 407 Bridge St. Charlevoix, 231-547-7323

Tuesday, July 3, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore & Coffee Shop 215 E. Central Ave. Mackinaw City, 888-421-READ

Wednesday, July 4, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore Main St. Centre P.O. Box 1298 Mackinac Island, 906-847-6202

Thursday, July 5, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 319 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey,
231-347-2590

Thursday, July 5, 6:00-8:00pm Saturn Booksellers 133 W. Main St. Gaylord,
989-732-8899

Friday, July 6, 1:00-3:00pm Leelanau Books 109 North Main Leland, 231-256-7111

Friday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm Cottage Books 5989 Lake St. Glen Arbor,
231-334-4223

Saturday, July 7, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 243 E. Front St. Traverse City,
231-946-7290
 
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