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News From The Edge The Monster Of Minnesota [Mass Market Paperback]

Mark Sumner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Dec 12 2012 News from the Edge (Book 1)
Investigative reporter Savannah ""Savvy"" McKinnon journeys to northern Minnesota to probe the deaths of four people, supposedly killed by a mysterious lake monster called Big Jelly. Original."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Savvy Skye May 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In keeping with the tradition of trying to alert readers to books they would probably overlook, this week I am recommending THE MONSTER OF MINNESOTA by Mark Sumner.
Billed as a cross between the Cat Who... books and the X-Files, this is the story of Savannah McKinnon, a writer for a notorious supermarket tabloid. Although she works for a tabloid, Savvy wants to get into serious journalism. When she gets a tip off the line about a lake monster that involves several deaths, Savvy goes out and does the almost unthinkable; she lands a field assignment. But things don't go quite the way she had hoped. First, her source turns out to be a kid. Then other bits of the case go sour. But there are still the bodies, the monster rumors, and a new chemical plant that seems to be killing of the fishing trade; a trade that keeps the town alive. Slowly Savvy begins to put together the pieces and her chances or a serious story.
THE MONSTER OF MINNESOTA is the first in a series called News From the Edge. The ending leaves plenty of room for Savvy to continue on her journalistic path. This book is really a mystery with an element of the fantastic and written by an author who seems to understand the genres. Savvy is a talented and interesting character. As with a modern trend in mysteries Savvy has her sights set on an equally interesting man. He runs a small weekly paper that she often submits articles to (which displeases her boss at the tabloid). The two have an interesting relationship that promises further development if the series continues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice May 2 2004
By ducky
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not a big "You HAVE to read this!", something quick and amusing to read when you're bored. Especially cool if you're in to cryptozoology.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland, cliched, redundant Sept. 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book "tries too hard" to be about a sleazy tabloid. All the tabloid cliches are there (staff photographer doctors lizard photos, Bigfoot is considered a "big story," the gossip columnist is dressed loud and tacky). If the author had researched tabloids, he'd know that the National Enquirer, et al, have not covered Elvis, Bigfoot, or aliens since the 1970s. And the Weekly World News is a parody.
Worse, this story is told first person by a bullying, unlikeable character mouthing noir cliches, like she stepped out of a 1940s movie. And she's ALWAYS talking about her tangled hair and "too-tight" clothes. Okay, so maybe the author is trying to "build empathy" with his female readers -- but he's made his point. No need to keep telling us the character "feels fat" and has "tangled hair." I wanted to shave her head already.
The story ranges from dull to moments of okay. As can be expected, this gal reporter hates working for a tabloid, wants a Pulitzer, hopes this story will be her big break out of "tabloid hell," lies to her fat Italian editor (shades of Kolchak's Tony Vinchenzo?), yada yada, chiche, chiche.
There's also the usual politically correct stuff. ... redneck sheriffs, ... chemical plant, good environmental conscious Native Americans. If you're hip to PC cliches, you've guess the villain, and his supporters, as they show up. No surprises in this paint by number non-mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A cute, light, and quick read. Dec 31 2001
By Robert
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story is cute. Read it if you want something quick and not too deep. The characters are developed only as far as they need to be. There is a loose end that isn't tied up at the climax (one of the deaths isn't explained), but otherwise, it is cleanly written.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This slim little book is probably going to disappear like Nessie diving in cold water, but while it's here mystery fans have a chance to visit with a charming and, dare I say, *spunky* heroine.

Cleverly plotted and colorful.
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