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• Wind of Time
"In the year 1121, Bishop Eirik went in search of Vinland."
So reads the very terse entry which appears in six different Icelandic annals. Yet no further explanation or resolution is offered leaving the inevitible conclusion that the bishop was never heard from again.
Nine centuries later, teacher and amateur historian Jeffrey Devereaux has a chance meeting with Kirsten Eriksson, the girl of Icelandic ancestry who had been his first adolescent crush. Subsequent visits to her home on Cuttyhunk Island off of Cape Cod, a mysterious stone tower on the coast of Rhode Island, and Hammond Castle Museum on the coast of Massachusetts all plunge them into history as their dreams carry them back to 12th century New England. There, they face the ghosts of Bishop Eirik's lost Norse settlement and their own very personal connections to the past.
"One of those 'you-can't-put-it-down-books!"
—Salem J. David, No Man's Land Island: History & Legends
"The mysterious cylindrical ruin in Newport's Touro Park is at the center of this novel that turns on Viking legends...to solve an ancient mystery... perfect...fun."
"Dandola adds a new slant to the mystery surrounding Newport's Stone Mill Tower."
—Newport Daily News
• Wicked is the Wind
Epiphany, Massachusetts, had been founded by Shakers and rescued from fire by Civil War veterans of the famous 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers. The soldiers and their families were invited to settle and, as the Shakers died off, the town developed into a predominent black community.
Unfortunately, such a rich history hasn't prevented present-day Epiphany from becoming the embodiment of municipal turmoil. Its neglected historic buildings are crumbling; its real estate values are plummeting; its merchants are relocating; and its corrupt politicians are squabbling over who's to blame.
Making matters worse, new construction has been halted in a drained tidal marsh when seemingly ancient artifacts are uncovered there. After one of Kirsten Eriksson's friends becomes involved, amateur historian Jeffrey Devereaux is asked to make an inspection of the site. But the political climate and an ensuing murder nearly obliterate Jeffrey's conclusion that the artifacts may actually pre-date Epiphany's founding by centuries—a turn of events which brings his affiliation with Hammond Castle Museum very much into play.
"With colorful characters, great dialogue, and a solid sense of humor...author John Dandola places Kirsten Eriksson and Jeffrey Devereaux in a cozy murder mystery employing her psychic tendencies and his passion for history."
• The Unbound Wind
The rock carving in Westford, Massachusetts, had been the subject of debate for a good many years. Romantics claimed it to be the effigy of a medieval knight killed during some pre-Columbian exploration. Detractors claimed it to be partially Native American with whimsical enhancements made by nineteenth-century schoolboys.
After visiting Westford as a favor to a military miniaturist who is researching the carving, Jeffrey Devereaux and Kirsten Eriksson begin experiencing turmoil in their own daily lives.
Things only worsen when the curator of Hammond Castle Museum allows his usual indecisiveness to jeopardize not only their long-standing personal friendship but their future working relationship as well. When a member of the museum's Board of Directors turns up dead after a Renaissance Faire on the castle grounds and another death occurs during a toy show in the castle's Great Hall, Kirsten can't help but wonder about the origin of the Westford effigy and the possibility that all of these misfortunes are somehow connected with it.
"Dandola has created simple, thoughtful, clever layers and crafted them into a deceptively complex whole. History, mystery, humor, and social statement are mixed well with a delightfully odd ghost story."
• A Beckoning Wind
As a teacher, Jeffrey Devereaux is finding his professional life increasingly burdened with tension, friction, and needless bureaucracy. When the incompetent female principal of his grammar school is replaced by an equally incompetent but much more cantankerous male principal, Jeffrey welcomes the chance for a winter-vacation escape to Florida.
What should be a peaceful week of sunshine and relaxation shared with Kirsten Eriksson at her aunt's retreat on the Gulf Coast turns out to be anything but when they become involved with solving a murder which is somehow connected to newly-discovered artifacts dating from contact between local Indians and Conquistadores in the sixteenth century.
Also included is an additional bonus: a never-before-published short story, Whispers Upon the Wind, in which Jeffrey and Kirsten are asked to investigate the mysterious origin of a fresco hidden within Hammond Castle Museum. How and where did the castle's builder obtain it? And was it legal or illegal to import such European artwork to Gloucester, Massachusetts, even during the freewheeling Roaring Twenties?
"This well-researched novel shows off Dandola's storytelling gift. He entertains us with quirky, eccentric local residents.…fun, believable people who have personalities that really tick…As in past Wind novels, Kirsten has the ‘sight,' which are dreams that relive the past or foresee the future. Dandola has perfected this dream technique and uses it like a movie camera for the reader…"
• Wind Through the Ruins
Jeffrey Devereaux and Kirsten Eriksson return in three stories each involving strange goings-on in ruined historic buildings located at different points around the country. Joining them in all three of these investigations is a long-haired calico cat named Angel who has recently adopted them.
"The Jeffrey-Kirsten dynamic is still as charming as ever and along with them is their new cat who inspires some very clever plotting in all three of these stories."
• A Varying Wind
Jeffrey Devereaux begins his new position as curator of Hammond Castle Museum and almost immediately discovers a secret about the building itself. He is then called back to Kirsten Eriksson's home on Cuttyhunk Island, when a shifting and settling in terrain reveals a nineteenth-century grave. The ensuing investigation involves an archaeological team which presents more than a few repercussions. Of course, Jeffrey's and Kirsten's pet cat, Angel, is with them every step of the way and she poves to be an intricate part of several solutions.
"Dandola's writing is so engaging because he never forgets his sense of humor or his entertaining social observations. If that were not enough, he also manages to combine those things with an utterly charming portrayal of a pet cat."
—Hillside Book Views
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