PRAISE FOR MISSION IMPROBABLE: VIETNAM
"In the cozy mystery novel Mission Improbable: Vietnam, two women reckon with their losses—and other people’s sacrifices—during an upbeat adventure abroad." - Karen Rigby, Foreword Reviews
"The chosen family dynamics of island life are a highlight of the cozy mystery Saving Tuna Street, and greedy profiteers are its villains." –Foreword Reviews
"The flavors, colors, and history of Mexico are a vibrant backdrop for Trouble Down Mexico Way, a funny, fish-out-of water mystery novel. Mexico City and its mysteries are bright and beautiful in Trouble Down Mexico Way, a spry mystery led by adventurous investigator Blanche Murninghan." –Foreword Reviews
"I was ready to book my tickets and hop on a plane." –Edelweiss Reviewer
Nau Sullivan pulls us in quickly and has us hooked until the end with
her hilarious, immersive, often poignant relate of the
emotional rollercoaster ride..." –Nicole Salgado, co-author of Amor and
Exile: True Stories of Love Across America's Borders, on The Last
Bang has a knack for adopting the most improbable causes...
Blanche “Bang” Murninghan was perfectly content sitting on the dock of the Peel ‘n Eat Pier on Santa Maria Island, sipping an excellent draft and wiggling her fishing pole after an elusive sheeps head.
Perfectly content, that is, until Jean McMahon appears at her side and forever disrupts Blanche’s peaceful idyll with ghosts of the past.
Blanche's amateur sleuthing skills have become local legend, and Jean needs her help. It’s not a simple favor Jean asks: Will Blanche go to Vietnam with her and look for Jean’s mother?
Blanche feels an old wound ripped open in her heart. Her father was killed in Vietnam, and she’s never gotten much history from her beloved grandmother and mother on the subject.
She realizes she and Jean share a powerful bond: they both want the truth.
Blanche and Jean don’t stop once they land in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.
Ex-pat “Stick” Dahlkamp makes sure of that. They pick up the search together.
The three cross the rice paddies on Stick’s Honda Dream to Ben Tre and My Tho, old stomping grounds for Stick, a former Ninth Infantry Division Riverine and now the owner of the popular bar The Follies.
He’s got friends in jungle towns who might help.
As they trace Jean’s mother’s steps, they meet more than one shady character who thinks it better to let things lie.
Against her better judgment, Blanche beats down the doors of the past.
She is looking for Jean’s mother and following her father’s trail.
He left without a trace. Or did he? Does anyone?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Nau Sullivan invented the life and times—and island—of Blanche Murninghan in her new mystery series, launched with Saving Tuna Street in 2020.
The setting for the mystery is based on the real-life Anna Maria Island where Nancy cared for her elderly father while raising two young children.
Nancy grew up outside Chicago but often visited Anna Maria Island, Florida.
She returned there with her family and wrote an award-winning memoir, The Last Cadillac, about the years she cared for her father while her children were still at home––a harrowing adventure of travel, health issues, adolescent angst, with a hurricane thrown in for good measure.
She went back to the Florida setting for her first cozy mystery, Saving Tuna Street, creating the fictional Santa Maria Island.She wrote about that harrowing, real-life adventure in her award-winning memoir, The Last Cadillac. Trouble Down Mexico Way is the second book in the mystery series, and for the third installment, Blanche takes her amateur sleuthing skills to Southeast Asia for the third installment, Mission Improbable: Vietnam.
A former newspaper journalist, Nancy taught English in Argentina, in the Peace Corps in Mexico, and at a boys’ prison in Florida.