Amid the isolation of Covid, an Illustrator is embroiled in a natural mystery, and she must solve it to trust herself again.
What begins with scholastic curiosity quickly pulls Jane into a web of psychedelic visions, questionable romance, and murder.
It’s 2020, and Jane, a scientific illustrator, has just moved to the woods in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. After volunteering to foster a troubled shelter dog, Jane and her new pup, Bumbershoot, stumble upon unusual hexagon-shaped mushrooms on the bark of oak trees. Jane follows her scientific instincts to investigate further, but suspicious trespassers at night and vandalism spell danger. Isolated and solitary, Jane is making risky decisions in a vacuum. Her neighbor is handsome and appealing, but what is going on in his shed at night? When she sees a dead body in the woods, Jane realizes her nosy inquiry may have gone too far. Will her relentless curiosity about the natural world help her solve the mystery of these growths, or will her meddling lead her deeper into jeopardy?
“An entertaining plot blending science with mystery. Grabs the reader from the first sentence.”
“The Formations is an intriguing mystery that blends science and suspense, providing a fresh take on the typical murder mystery genre. This novella is a thought-provoking page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the very end.”
“I listen to audiobooks all day and this is the first one I have heard that incorporates natural background sounds, the sounds of the forest.
That plus the pleasant voice and talent of the reader made this book a fun listen.”
“Buy it! Read it! You won’t regret it. Page turner – with an unexpected twist.”
“Romance, mystery, mycology… this book has it all! It was a really fun read.”
“I enjoyed it.”
“Scattered throughout are a nature-lover’s observations and bits of biological information that are a pleasure to read. Behind all this are several levels of suspense on several fronts – surviving in the era of Covid, a lost dog, the hallucinatory effects of a strange mushroom, a dead body in the woods – all nicely handled by the author. A good book, recommended for its easy reading and its originality.”
Kate Baldwin, Phd, lives in Wisconsin with her husband and cat. She works as an analytical illustrator.