Wednesday, January 13, 2010


O’Fallon, Illinois resident Andree Swanson will talk about how the local area features in her debut novel, “A Family to Die For”, at 1 p.m. at the main branch of the Belleville (IL) Library on January 23, 2010.

Her talk, “History to Mystery (or How a Quiet, Respectable Interest in Genealogy and History Turned into Murder in St. Clair County),” focuses on how she used the local area and a lifelong interest in genealogy and history to create a romantic suspense novel that uses St. Clair County as its backdrop. The main characters in her book have to solve a century-old identity theft before a murderer strikes again.

Swanson, who writes under the penname A.J. Brower, places her first novel in St. Clair County, at the imaginary Swansea High School and a Victorian mansion on the bluffs overlooking St. Louis. Mike Garretson, the high school’s baseball coach, has one month to prove an ancestor was an imposter to get his inheritance. With historian Jennie Foster’s help, he might do it— unless they end up as dead as his murdered grandmother.

The website “Long and Short Reviews” gave the novel five stars:

“If you love a great who-done-it mystery that involves a lot of family history that’s also a great romantic read with memorable characters told by a dynamic wordsmith, look no farther that this wonderful tale. I think Ms. Swanson has a definite hit on her hands.”

Published by the Wild Rose Press, *A Family to Die For*, was released in both print and digital formats in November. Copies of the book will be available following the presentation.

For additional information and to register for this event, contact Dana L. Prusacki, Archivist, Belleville Public Library, at 618-234-0441 or via email.

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