Feel the Bern
A Bernie Sanders Mystery
by Andrew Shaffer
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2023
Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press, Ten Speed Press
Fall is bursting out all over Vermont, and while the rest of the Congress enjoys its recess, Senator Bernie Sanders has returned to his beloved home state for a weekend of events in Eagle Creek, “America’s #1 Leaf Peeping Destination.” It’s up to intern and Eagle Creek native Crash Robertson to keep the senator on schedule—and out of trouble.
Crash’s hopes for a quiet homecoming are dashed, however, when the lifeless body of a community banker with ties to “Big Maple” is found in Lake Champlain. While the sheriff’s department closes the case as an accident, a leaked autopsy indicates foul play…with a trail of syrup leading directly to one of the senator’s oldest friends. Bernie, taking a page from the cozy mysteries he’s addicted to, enlists Crash in a quest to uncover the killer’s true identity.
If Crash allows the senator to go too far off-script, it will be the end of her yet-to-begin political career. But as the suspect list grows to include a tech bro set on “disrupting” the maple syrup industry, struggling small-business owners, and even Crash’s own family, she realizes there’s more on the line than her own future. If the unlikely duo can’t solve the mystery of the Maple Murderer before they strike again, Bernie’s life-long fight for justice may come to an unplanned end.
This (totally fictional!) mystery also features recipes from Eagle Creek’s Vermont Country Shed, including Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese, “Feel the Bern!” Maple Sriracha Hot Sauce, and more!
Iconoclastic Vermont senator Bernie Sanders turns amateur sleuth in this amusing series launch from bestseller Shaffer (the Obama Biden mysteries). Crash Robertson, a 23-year-old Vermont native interning for Sanders, scores a plum assignment to escort her boss to her hometown, Eagle Creek, where he’s been tapped as grand marshal of the Champ Days harvest festival parade. Crash welcomes the chance to see her mother, proprietor of the town’s only store and bed-and-breakfast, but takes to heart the admonition from the D.C. office not to let Bernie out of sight, lest he wander off for impromptu, schedule-disrupting discussions with constituents. As the politicos arrive, the body of widely disliked banker Ferman Fletcher is found floating in Lake Champlain, and whodunit speculations start flying. Is it financially strapped hippie maple syrup maker Doc McGilliam, or swaggering tech billionaire Jagger Wardlow, who’s buying up maple farms in the area, flouting Vermont’s mellow, modest mores? The police investigate, and after Bernie gets the detective bug, Crash must keep him out of trouble. Shaffer cheerfully ties sprawling plot threads together with clever nods to Vermont and its Socialist senator. Readers will be eager for more. (Dec.) - Publishers Weekly