May 10, 2012, 6 pm – Author presentation at Bucksport Book Club
December 20, 2012 — The New England Book Festival has named Glimpses and The Summer of the Disco King as receiving an Honorable Mentions for 2012.
Saturday, December 22, – 10 a.m. – Noon, Bangor Mall JC Penney Court, 633 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, Maine, Book Signing
Book review by Bill Bushnell of Kennebec Journal
Bucksport author Jane Harvey Meade declares that her debut mystery novel will appeal to women of all ages, but she is wrong. Surely female readers will like this story but male readers will enjoy it, too.
THE SUMMER OF THE DISCO KING is Meades first novel, a well-written, light-hearted mystery that successfully combines suspense with romance and humor. The main character, Janet Conners, is sort of an adult Nancy Drew high on estrogen and Dubonnet wine.
Janet Conners is a 40-year-old widow raising a 15-year-old daughter. To help make ends meet she takes in a boarder, a casual friend named Franny who brings an annoying rat-dog, untidy habits, strange behavior and heaps of trouble into Janets home.
Within days, Janet catches Franny in several blatant and puzzling lies, an intruder sneaks into her house, a prowler scares the daylights out of her and a police officer acts very oddly. Then, add the mysterious people living in two boarded-up, seemingly abandoned old houses nearby, and an elderly neighbors quiet warning that Hes killed them all now, and Janet is truly creeped out.
In some very funny scenes Janet quaffs Dubonnet as she not-too-subtly watches and lusts after her handsome and hunky next door neighbor, tries to figure out her moody and smart-mouthed teenage daughter, and wonders who the Disco King really is as he cruises by her house in a vintage convertible.
What Janet doesnt know is that several murders may have already occurred, and that there is a deadly criminal conspiracy swirling around her, all carefully hidden behind deception and polite behavior.
Several well-placed clues may help the reader solve the mystery before Janet figures it out, but no matter, getting there is all the fun.