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MONROE, Wis. — Turner Hall of Monroe’s 2014 Swiss Heritage Series will start its year with a special book reading and signing featuring Monroe, Wis., mayor and author Bill Ross and his recently released book, Love’s Obsession. Scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Grand Hall of Turner Hall, this hour-long kick-off event is free and open to the public.
Third in a series of fiction murder mysteries set in Monroe, the first paragraphs of Love’s Obsession take place at Turner Hall. From there, a story unfolds involving a murder on the Square just days prior to Cheese Days, and the ensuing attempt to solve the case, with no motive or suspect, before the huge event begins.
For authenticity and inspiration for his novel, Ross traveled to Switzerland earlier last year, including a visit to Langnau, a city that is not only part of the novel, but in real life, a city with which Monroe is trying to establish a people-to-people connection. He also experienced a murder mystery tour of the city of Bern led by Peter Schibli, editor-in-chief of swissinfo.ch.
Ross’ two prior novels, Deceived by Self, released December 2011, and All Passion Denied, released September 2012, also use familiar places in Monroe as a backdrop for stories of murder and intrigue.
In addition to reading from his novel, Ross’ presentation will include an opportunity to ask the author questions as well as purchase a copy of his book. A small reception will follow the event. More information is available at www.TurnerHallofMonroe.org.
Posted Feb. 19, 2014