ENGLEWOOD — I’m never without enough books to read. I’m in a unique position where I get the chance to read early editions of books written by some of our local authors. They may not have hit the New York Times Bestseller list yet but their books are great reads. Here’s a sampling of some new books from these very talented writers.
Brian E. Forschner: Brian is an author with many hats, having been a teacher, counselor, consultant and writer. His knowledge of the Dayton area and his gift for research and criminology led him to write, “Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders.” It all started in 1901 during a birthday party for her father. Little Ada Lantz, one of six children, left her house at 10:20 p.m. and was found murdered at 11:35 p.m. She was one of five girls between 1901 and 1909 found raped and strangled in Dayton. The crimes were never solved.
At the time, Dayton was a city of around 83,000 people with a police force of 46 men and one full-time detective, and was ill equipped to investigate a tragedy of this magnitude. More than a hundred years later, after a tremendous amount of research and three years of writing, Brian pieced together the missing evidence of a murder trail gone cold. The escape of one of the girls creates a twist that opens the door to unravel these crimes. One Dayton newspaper wrote, “In the annals of crime it is doubtful if there ever was a worse atrocity than the cruel murder of Ada Lantz.” That was only the beginning.
Greg Enslen: Greg said there’s a pile of crazy in my head, wandering around and peeking out through the cracks. Not all the stories and notions in there make sense. But sometimes the gem of an idea combines with ten other things and makes it out of my head and down on paper. He has succeeded in his new book, “The Ghost of Blackwood Lane.” After spending years in the witness protection program lead character, Gary Foremen, kept safe from the horrors he left behind. But the program can’t protect him from relentless dreams of a young woman in danger. All he knew for certain was she needed his help or she would die. This is a story that will make you glad you read it and I highly recommend it to any suspense/ghost story enthusiasts.
Edson B. “Ed” Waite, Jr.: Ed has spent 70 years on this earth and is now semi-retired, but still an incredibly busy person writing short stories for hunting magazines. However, one of his favorite hobbies stems from the fact he has been measuring deer antlers for more than twenty years as a Certified Scorer for Buckmasters Trophy Records. In that time he has scored more than 1,000 record buck deer. He has captured these stories in a remarkable two volume set of books entitled, “Wallhangers — A Collection of Deer Hunts.” In these books you deer hunters will find a collection of stories of successful white tail deer hunts all over the USA. The stories convey the excitement and anxiety of the hunters as they pursue their quarry. Each story is enhanced with photographs and a score sheet. If you’re looking for a book for a hunter this might be just the one.
Sandra Staats McLemore: Sandra is an old friend and a terrific writer of inspirational books. Born and raised in Dayton, she keeps her hands busy creating new novels while at the same time managing a performing arts marketing and sales business. Her writings include the popular Christmas Hotel Series — “Christmas Hotel,” Christmas for Lucy,” “Christmas Redemption” and her newest in the series, “Christmas Pact.” The book follows Carrie Emeline who has a loving trusting heart. Is it a blessing or a curse? She meets a man who can help her conquer her dilemmas…or can he? Her grief stricken life had spiraled into a downward tailspin and she heads for Christmas Hotel where others have found miracles…but can she? As one book reviewer wrote, “I highly recommend these heartwarming novels on Christmas love and values to be read and enjoyed by every member of your family. You’ll be blessed as you read.”
On Saturday, November 21 you will have the chance to meet these authors, and others, up close and personal from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our Holiday Open House. They’ll be at New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe, 856 Union Boulevard, Englewood. I’ll be writing more about our talented local authors in next month’s column. Happy reading everyone!