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Review of Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen

Things in Ditches


Genre: fiction, mystery



Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen is a wonderful read full of fascinating characters and plenty of mystery. The small town of Willow River is close knit until the death of a stranger brings chaos. Olsen has a wide range of characters and every one of them was fascinating and well written. I was particularly impressed with how well I was able to know the characters, yet not know them at all. Despite being in the minds of many of the characters, there was still plenty of mystery and surprise. My only complaint would be that a few times throughout the book the point of view switched from one character to the next without warning, which was a little confusing; however, this wasn’t problematic enough for me to lose interest in the story. We’re told from the beginning who the killer is, but that doesn’t end the mystery. Things In Ditches is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend reading it.


About the Author:

Author photo 2010 copy

Jimmy Olsen has authored three published books – Things In Ditches (2000) & Poison Makers (2011). His most recent, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (2012) is a paperback original. Things In Ditches was selected as Book-of-the-Month in August, 2001 by The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles. Poison Makers received a Starred Review in “Library Journal” and won the ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Silver Award for 2011. The Hero of Blind Pig Island was a finalist for the same ForeWord Review award, 2012.

Jimmy Olsen and his wife Camille live in St. Cloud, Minnesota. They have three children and eight grandchildren. His novel Scuba is scheduled for release soon.*


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Sarah lives on a beautiful half-acre full of beloved trees. She shares her space with three dogs, a snake, and lots of outdoor critters. She is an animist who has studied Druidry, paganism, religions, and metaphysical subjects for 20 years. She has also studied anthropology, history, and mythology academically. She believes firmly in living a spiritual life, not just in having a spiritual practice. She uses her knowledge to help women live a meaningful life they love by aligning with their soul.

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