If you were expecting a post about the iconic musical group adding some rain to their band, you won’t find it here. What you will discover is another fantastic Mystery and Mayhem title written with flare by author Judy Dodge Cummings.
Five tales demonstrate that Mother Nature is truly in charge, sometimes helped by the poor decisions of humans. The first three were new to me even though the devastation was epic in proportions:
- The Peshtigo, Wisconsin forest fire in 1871, killing an estimated 1,500-2,500 people.
- The great blizzard of 1888 that engulfed New York and kept some drifts visible for months.
- In 1989, the South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania breaks and kills and estimated 2,000 men, women and children who lived below.
The last two were familiar but told in a fresh, engaging way:
- The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires, in a chapter called EARTH DRAGON.
- Horrific dust storms swept across parts of five states from 1935-1940 causing sickness and death.
What makes each of these five chapters special are the personal stories that come out of each. Father Pernin, Sarah Wilson, Sam Strong, Victor Heiser, Hugh Kwong Liang, and the Shaw family are names you won’t recognize, but each one will stay in your memory with what they each had to endure. You learn the details from the five big events, but it’s the human stories that will touch your heart.
One of the classic Earth, Wind, and Fire hits was “Shining Star” and this new Mystery and Mayhem title certainly fits that description.
Two other new titles in the series may also interest young and old readers alike. Learn more about the entire series here: