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Willowtree (Bruce DelReno Mysteries Book 1) by [Bove, Mike]
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Willowtree (Bruce DelReno Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Book 1 of 2 in Bruce DelReno Mysteries (2 Book Series)

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Mike Bove grew up in Vermont. He wrote articles and drew cartoons for his college newspaper. Mike was involved as an actor and director in high school, college, and community theater. He adapted a Russian folk tale, "The Nosebag," for the stage, produced and directed it. He was a public school teacher, track, and soccer coach before moving to Cape Cod. There he became an avid fisherman and golfer. He joined the Postal Service, transferred to Sedona, retiring in 2010. Willowtree Is Mike’s first novel in the Bruce DelReno Mystery Series. He lives in Cottonwood, AZ with wife, Jane, and Golden Retriever, Maddi.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 238 pages
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  • Publisher: Mike Bove; 2 edition (19 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,103,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Friday, September 24. Exactly three weeks ago Keely and I found a dead body near the golf course. How did that discovery affect my life? It became one-major third of my life. My wife, Genevive, and my golf game, were the other two thirds. I tried to keep them in order, Genny first. These damn murders kept intruding into my consciousness. I didn't know how the police measured their progress in solving the cases. It seemed I found out information as fast as they did, not fast enough. I was sure the three deaths were related. And the La Banda, and jimsonweed connected them. I had to get over this obsession. I was more resolved than ever to do what I could to put these cases to rest. I wished to get back to my life with two major halves, not thirds.
In the town of Willowtree, a man was killed. It appeared he had fallen off a cliff. Did he fall by accident or was he murdered? Years later Bruce and his dog Keely find another body. It too had fallen off a cliff, or had it been pushed? Within days another body is found. This one has been stabbed leaving no doubt that his death was murder. The connection between these three deaths - the La Banda club that had been formed when all of its members were still in school and a plant called jimsonweed, better known by the Indians as `loco weed.'

Bruce is a retired postman. He tired of the working world and retired with the aspect of doing his favorite pastime - playing golf. He and his friend Ben, who was also the brother of the first man to take a plunge over the cliff, spent most of their days trying to outdo each other on the course and thoroughly enjoying this new aspect in his life. That was until he found the body of the second cliff jumper. That is also when Bruce took up a new profession.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 27 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf & murder - learn a little about each 7 Mar. 2017
By Valerie Joan - Published on Amazon.com
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Bruce, a retired postal worker, loves his wife, loves his dog, and really loves golf!! driving his ball into the rough he finds some bones. Found out they were deer bones but ...... his dog finds a body nearby. Then another body is found. Related?
Since Bruce found the original bones he feels invested in the investigation. Many characters, many suspects, many friends.

Well written, good pace, climatic ending. Will read more of Bruce's adventures in retirement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for any Golfer 20 May 2012
By Maryann Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine going to retrieve a ball and finding a dead body. Then imagine being a suspect in the murder. The first supposition was okay for me. The body had to be found and Bruce, a retired postal worker, is just the guy to accomplish that task. The fact that the police suspect him, was a bit hard for me to accept. There was absolutely no reason for the police to think he had anything to do with the murder, so that part of the plot was troublesome to me.

On all other levels, however, the book was enjoyable. Bruce is a good, strong character and the mystery of who did kill the poor guy in the rough is a good one.

When I first started reading, I had to slap my editor's hand as I wanted to stop and write a critique - "too much telling, Mike." But then I realized the narrative style was working. It was like sitting at the 19th Hole and listening to Bruce tell a story as only golfers and fishermen can.

If not for the plot problems and the fact that I would have liked to see more of Bruce's wife, I would have given this book four stars. The descriptions were wonderfully rendered, and I had a real sense of place as I was reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Bogeys Here 23 April 2012
By Books &Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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Bogey golfer that I am, I enjoyed this book on my Kindle while traveling home for the weekend. Not that it's all light reading or can only be enjoyed by those who golf. Vivid desert setting, good plot and realistic characters keep the story moving.
Dedicated golfer Bruce delReno hits a ball OB and finds bones. He can't shake the notion they might be human. When he, his anthropolgist friend and his dog Keely go to check out the bones (animal) they discover a dead body. Questioned by police, Bruce believes they're not quite convinced of his coincidental tale so Bruce decides to do some investigating himself. He has much support from his wife, Genny, help from his friends and even the murderer. He puts himself in danger and finds the desert flora as dangerous as the fauna.
What I appreciated about this novel was that, as a retired mailman, Bruce didn't make rash or stupid moves, but set about to find out how recent deaths connected to past unexplained death.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Author Birdie's 1st Novel 19 May 2012
By RJ McDonnell - Published on Amazon.com
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Willowtree is a cozy mystery set in a fictional town west of Sedona, Arizona. The protagonist, Bruce, and his wife,Genny, are not quite settled into the idea of retirement. Bruce is a former postal worker who has been developing his interest in golf since putting in his papers. Genny is a nurse who sticks her toe in the pool of semi-retirement just long enough to realize she's not yet ready to give up the satisfaction of working in the helping professions.

Bruce discovers a body in a ravine that skirts his favorite golf course. His natural curiosity and desire to remain an active member of the community drives him to help the police with the investigation, whether they want it or not.

Author Mike Bove does a nice job of developing the cast of characters. It was easy to form attachments to the central characters. Bruce has an Ed Asner-type cantankerous nature that will make you say, "I know that guy."

Mike also did a masterful job of balancing the whodunit element to the end. He played fair with the clues, yet offered enough red herrings and misdirection to keep me guessing throughout. Cozy fans will find a lot to like in this Bruce DelReno mystery.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the wry humor 8 Jan. 2017
By carole penfield - Published on Amazon.com
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An easy read with exciting climax. I would enjoy having DelReno as a neighbor, especially if he invited me over for dinner. A guy with a wry sense of humor who cooks dinner for his wife and has a smart dog. I would recommend this book to readers who understand golf and enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries.
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