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Book Nook: The Hollows, by Jess Montgomery


Jess Montgomery returned to the program to talk about her second novel in her Kinship series of historical fiction. "The Hollows" is set in SE Ohio during the mid 1920s and her protagonist, the first female sheriff in Ohio, is trying to solve a mysterious death that she thinks might have been a homicide. Some members of her community are insisting that the death of this elderly woman was a suicide and that there's no reason to investigate any further.

Montgomery picks up where she left off in "The Widows," her previous book, and in this one Sheriff Lily Ross is still coping with the aftermath of the murder of her husband, a shocking event that took place at the beginning of that first novel. She becomes immersed in this new murder investigation. She gets so wrapped up in solving what she is convinced was a terrible crime that she cannot be bothered to spend much time dealing with more mundane matters like campaigning to get re-elected sheriff.

'The Hollows" is a mystery that has elements of a thriller and even some romance. Jess Montgomery is the pen name for Sharon Short who made her first appearance on the show several years ago (under her real name) for her novel "One Square Inch of Alaska.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.