The Staggerford Murders

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The Staggerford Murders

The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew

By Jon Hassler

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452285408, 198pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 2004

Filled with his trademark humor and warmth, Jon Hassler s"The Staggerford Murders"and"The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew"offer a welcome return to the town that has captivated readers for years.

In"The Staggerford Murders," residents of the Ransford Hotel "solve" the nine- year-old murder of esteemed Staggerford citizen Neddy Nichols and the disappearance of his widow, Blanche. Hassler's wry humor is in full force as this wonderful tale unfolds. In the more poignant and bittersweet"The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew," elderly W.D. Nestor finds his loneliness dispelled by his friendship with a young Staggerford boy, but it is a sudden visit to his one hundred-year-old Aunt Nancy that provides the peace he has always been looking for.

About the Author
Jon Hassler, author, educator, playwright, and painter, began his writing career at the age of thirty-seven, completing fifteen works of fiction and two works of nonfiction. His novels include Staggerford, A Green Journey, Dear James, and North of Hope. Jon taught English in high school and college for forty-one years, ending his academic career as Regents Professor Emeritus at Saint John's University of Minnesota. He died in 2008 after a long illness, though he continued to write novels until the end.