Book Talk takes a look at the novel by author Wooster and Ohio Amish travel guide

The Russians are the villains in “Sunset Blues”, 14th in Bob Adamov’s series about Emerson Moore, a Put-in Bay-based journalist. Not just any Russians, but Russians who are after Moore.

Moore returns from Virginia to Ohio after learning that his aunt, with whom he lives, has disappeared after her house was blown up. The fire department confirms the explosion was intentional, but police have no theory as to why. Moore notices that a new taxi service has arrived on the island, operating London-style black cabs. A friend tells him that the company is operated by a Russian living in Detroit and that there have been incidents with passengers over “certain transactions”.

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A quick look at the taxi garage reveals nothing, so Moore and another friend head to Detroit, where Moore learns the deals are likely drugs. He later learns that the Russian has a grudge against him that dates back to book nine, 2015’s “Missing,” in which Moore was brainwashed into thinking he was a hitman working for a mobster. .

With a tip that Aunt Anne has been taken to Key West Florida, Moore and his friend head south, where they join an assemblage of makeshift men who are all too eager to storm the compound, both that they have enough time to drink rum. , ogle the women at the pool and head to the local cafe for grouper sandwiches. Moore grows increasingly frustrated with their frivolity and makes his own misguided raid.

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Drone technology aids in surveillance, and a seemingly endless supply of automatic weapons creates next-level violence. “Sunset Blues” probably has the most gunfights and the highest body count in this series, and the brutality of the villains is particularly shocking.

“Sunset Blues” (212 pages, hardcover) is $28 from Adamov’s Packard Island Press. The next book in the series, “White Spider Night,” is due out in July; it is about the disappearance of a bed and breakfast owner. Bob Adamov lives in Wooster.

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‘100 Things to Do in Ohio Amish Country Before You Die’

Anyone who can’t find quilts or shoofly pie in Holmes or Wayne counties hasn’t found a copy of “100 Things to Do in Ohio Amish Country Before You Die” by Plains native Brandy Gleason. City. The guide, which also includes listings in Stark, Tuscarawas, Ashland, Coshocton, Richland and Knox counties, adds suggested routes for “kid-friendly” and “evening” tours.

While readers won’t be surprised to find cheese factory tours and all-you-can-eat buffets among the experiences, things like ziplining and ax-throwing bars might raise some eyebrows. A petting zoo and miniature golf are other activities.

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Despite the Amish focus of the book, most entries come with a website, which is helpful as hours and admission fees vary. Many entries include sidebar tips, like parking tips.

“100 Things to Do in Ohio Amish Country Before You Die” (146 pages, softcover) is $17 from Reedy Press, whose website offers similar books for places like Tampa Bay, Florida; Wichita, Kansas; and Amarillo, Texas. Brandy Gleason is also the author of “Midwest Road Trip Adventures”.

Events

Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Allen Ricca signs “Catching Hell: The Insider Story of Seafood from Ocean to Plate,” 1 p.m. Sunday; Raffaele Di Lallo signs “Houseplant Warrior: 7 Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Houseplant Care,” 2 p.m. Sunday. In a virtual presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, horticulturist Uli Lorimer talks about “Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden,” hosted by Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Register at loganberrybooks.com.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (North Olmsted Branch, 27403 Lorain Road): Chris Pavone, whose ‘The Expats’ won the 2013 Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel, talks to Paula McLain (‘The Paris Wife’) about his thriller ‘Two Nights in Lisbon , “Monday 7-8 p.m. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.”

Willoughby Public Library (30 Public Square): Terry Pluto signs “Vintage Browns: A Warm Look Back at the Cleveland Browns of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and More,” from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. Register at we247.org.

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Karen Winn discusses her novel “Our Little World,” about the secrets revealed when a child goes missing in 1985 New Jersey, during a Zoom event from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. From 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Shaker Heights native Carter Bays, co-creator of “How I Met Your Mother,” discusses her debut novel “The Mutual Friend.” Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Bay Village Branch, 27400 Wolf Road): Dan Chaon signs his dark and funny novel “Sleepwalk,” featured on the May 22 Book Talk, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Geauga County Public Library (West Branch, 13455 W. Chillicothe Road, Chesterland): Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history at Kent State University’s Stark Campus and author of “The Negro Leagues 1869-1960,” discusses the Negro Leagues in Ohio, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Register at geaugalibrary.net.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow Branch, 2121 Snow Road): Richland County native Candice Millard, whose “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” won the 2012 Edgar Award for Best crime-fact book, discusses “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile,” Wednesday 7-8 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Steve Berry, author of Cotton Malone’s spy novels, signs “The Omega Factor,” about an art investigator tracking down a 15th-century work. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.

Visible voice books (2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland): Jane Ann Turzillo launches “Wicked Cleveland,” 7 p.m. Friday.

Portage County District Library (Aurora Branch, 115 E. Pioneer Trail): Cameron Fields signs his poetry collection “Walk This Earth,” Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Register at portagecounty.org.

Bookstore of the learned owl (204 N. Main St., Hudson): MoNique Waters signs her ‘I Can Achieve Anything’ picture book, Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brook Park branch, 6155 Engle Road): Bette Lou Higgins signs “Lost Restaurants of Cleveland,” 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, 1876 S. Green Road, South Euclid): Poets who contributed to “I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Poets” read the anthology, 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

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Irene B. Bowles