- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Drawing on his knowledge of Freeport, local historian Edward Finch has published his second novel, “Tumbling Blocks,” a series book featuring recurring character Gabby Gordon.

The novel is set in Freeport and surrounding Stephenson County.

Finch held a book signing on Saturday at Higher Grounds in Freeport. Jack Carey was among those standing in line to get his book signed. He said he liked the first book and couldn’t wait for the second in the series to be published.

“What I like best about the first book (“Assassin Town”) was the local references, which really helped the story come alive,” Carey said. “I am a visual reader and when I read Ed’s first novel, it really kept things close to home. I am excited to open the pages of the next book.”

Finch said the plot of “Tumbling Blocks” centers on a hidden vault that is revealed when a building collapses in the middle of the night. In the vault are hidden files from a defunct law practice, and from a lawyer who disappeared 30 years prior. The book’s heroine, Gabby Gordon, goes through these files to figure out the mystery before she’s killed.

“This is another book that is filled with secrets and mystery,” Finch said. “The story is set in modern-day Freeport, and involves events that have been rattling around in my head for years.”

Finch, a retired teacher from Freeport High School and former executive director for the Stephenson County Historical Museum, draws his inspiration for his novels from years of historical research. He loves to uncover mystery and support it with facts. The Gabby Gordon mystery series weaves through familiar places and sites in Freeport. In this book, he makes reference to the Freeport Art Museum.

“I am halfway through my next book in the series, which should be published by next spring,” Finch said. “That book is set in Stephenson County, and the reason I like to keep my books with local references is I think it adds to the attraction of Freeport. I have a reason to keep it local.”

Reader Dave Roskam of Freeport said he came to get an autographed book from his friend.

“Ed is a great guy and he writes intelligent books,” Roskam said. “I’m looking forward to opening the pages to this new read.”

Finch will do a reading from the new book at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Freeport Art Museum. He also will do a book signing that night. A second reading is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Freeport Public Library.

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Source: The (Freeport) Journal-Standard, https://bit.ly/1Qniwho

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Information from: The Journal-Standard, https://www.journalstandard.com/jshome.taf


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