UW-Green Bay alumna Bonnie Jo Moore publishes first mystery novel
Bonnie Jo (Britzke) Moore survived the 1955 polio epidemic in Menasha which left her unable to walk. After graduating from UW-Green Bay ’73 (Creative Communication), she worked as an editor in the technical publishing field for many years. She has just published her first novel, Murder Takes a Vacation. This book is the first installment in her Mia Zielinski Northern Door Mystery series. It is set in the small village of Sister Bay and includes many sites familiar to those who have visited Door County. The fictional character Mia Zielinski is based on the author’s life as a person with a disability and her love of the peninsula.
SYNOPSIS: Mia Zielinski, a gutsy former March of Dimes polio poster child with a wicked sense of humor, is fast approaching her 60th birthday. She plans to spread her long-dead daughter’s ashes in the waters of Death’s Door while vacationing on Wisconsin’s northern Door County peninsula in early June. What she hopes will be a cathartic holiday in the small village of Sister Bay turns into six days of suspense filled with missing tourists, arson and murder. Along the way she frequently crosses paths with widowed Sheriff Bill Byrne and begins to develop feelings for him. Ride along with Mia on her bright red mobility scooter as she teams up with the sheriff and his son, Deputy Bill Byrne Jr. to stop a serial killer on the loose who has targeted her to be his next victim.