A Death in Door County (A Monster Hunter Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Monster Hunter Mystery series.

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In this adventure cozy, Morgan Carter owns Odds and Ends Bookstore in Sister Bay, where the mystery section is next to a Ouija Board and a fine collection of skulls. Having taken the mantle of bookseller from her deceased parents, she’s also inherited their love of cryptozoology. When two seemingly unrelated bodies are discovered with unexplained bite marks, the talk turns to a possible Nessie-esque monster in Lake Michigan, and Carter’s hired to investigate. And what is an adventure cozy, you ask? Imagine Indiana Jones crossed with Miss Marple - a mystery at the center, perhaps a little more gore than in a standard cozy, the requisite humor, and a touch of romance in the background. Lots of Door County details too! 

— Daniel Goldin

There’s nothing quite like an adventurous, cozy murder mystery set in a place where I’ve personally loved doing summer vacations. Of course, it helps that I didn’t die there, or I wouldn’t feel quite so much love for the place, right? But I didn’t, and this mystery involves a very quirky bookstore, a lovable dog… and a monster search. Morgan Carter, owner of a mystery bookstore that sells mysterious objects far beyond books, is a cryptozoologist whose cryptid fascination essentially began at birth. She was born on a boat in the middle of Loch Ness during her parents’ search for Nessie. She also has multiple college degrees and considers herself a professional skeptic who requires actual proof of monsters. The combination makes her perfect for helping Washington Island’s police chief, as he investigates the drowning of two men with large and unusual bite marks on their bodies. I’m not sure how “cozy” and “murder” ended up in the same universe, but they often seem to get along nicely, and I enjoyed their partnership here. The characters are endearing, and the boating to remote places that I’ve never seen had me using Google Earth to check out the landscapes. This was a nice literary summer vacation.

— Tim McCarthy


A Wisconsin bookstore owner and cryptozoologist is asked to investigate a series of deaths that just might be proof of a fabled lake monster in this first installment of a new mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan.

Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she’s not tending the store, she’s hunting cryptids—creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real. It’s a hobby that cost her parents their lives, but one she’ll never give up on.   

So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help. A skeptic at heart, Morgan can’t turn down the opportunity to find proof of an entity whose existence she can’t definitively rule out. She and her beloved rescue dog, Newt, journey to the the strait known as Death’s Door to hunt for a homicidal monster in the lake—but if they’re not careful, she just might be its next victim.

About the Author

Annelise Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of multiple mystery series, including the Mattie Winston Mysteries. A retired ER nurse, she now writes full time from her Wisconsin home.

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Praise for A Death in Door County

"Full of fascinating history and lore, as well as the underwater geography of these fearsome waterways, this new mystery from “Mattie Winston” series author Ryan is a tour de force featuring a plucky and imminently likable sleuth. A deliciously clever and entertaining puzzle, highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)

“A crackling good read. Annelise Ryan brings us to a fascinating location with a complex, edgy plot and an intelligent, fearless protagonist. Be prepared to read A Death in Door County in one sitting!”—Terrie Farley Moran, Award winning writer of Murder, She Wrote novels

"A satisfying adventure cozy."—Kirkus

Praise for the novels of Annelise Ryan
“The pseudonymous Ryan, herself an RN, smoothly blends humor, distinctive characters, and authentic forensic detail.”—Publishers Weekly
“Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance."—New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen
"Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Hart
“An independent, stubborn, yet feisty protagonist, Mattie is a character others can relate to and acknowledge a kinship with.”—New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593441596
ISBN-10: 0593441591
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: A Monster Hunter Mystery