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the rest of Liffey's adventures!"
    Irish Culture Editor
"The future is bright for Liffey
" March 2013 Issue

1842: Mineral Point, Wiskonsin Territory.
Following Irish immigrants, Paul and
Catherine Scott and their two children on
William Caffee's hanging day and its

Present: Irish dancer Liffey Rivers
ventures outside on the snowiest
November 1st in Mineral Point, WI's
history, to help her new friend, Susan
Scott, decipher a mysterious picture
puzzle. When a powerful wind
deposits a huge pile of snow in her
path, Liffey tries to do a leapover to
launch herself over it and discovers
that High Street has two sides: the
ROOSTER SIDE. Same direction. Very
different paths. The Mystery of the
Pointing Dog is Wisconsin historical
fiction, interwoven with Liffey Rivers’
most challenging and baffling mystery
to date
Five Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries are here in the Irish
Traditional Music Archive
Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann. "It is a
national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song,
instrumental music and dance of Ireland.
It is a public not-for-profit facility which is open, free of charge, to anyone with
an interest in the contemporary and historical artforms of Irish traditional
music. The Archive promotes public education in Irish traditional music
through its own activities and through partnerships with others.
Established in 1987, the Archive is the first body to be exclusively concerned
with the making of a comprehensive multimedia collection of materials –
sound recordings, books and serials, sheet music and ballad sheets,
photographs, videos and DVDs, etc. – for the appreciation and study of Irish
traditional music.

The Archive is situated at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, with network-
connected work-stations in Dublin, Cork, Mayo and Donegal. It includes
public rooms for accessing and studying materials; specialist rooms for
digitising, conserving, cataloguing, and storing materials; and an audio and
video recording studio. A history of the two-hundred-year-old premises will be
found here/"
Liffey Rivers' world is changed forever when
she begins meditating daily while sitting on the
ground in between the two old ginkgo trees in
her backyard. Voices coming from the ground
beneath her, earth tremors, the discovery of an
ancient Native American effigy, a mysterious
Catholic nun in a white habit floating above her
like wispy smoke from a chimney. Almost extinct
box turtles are in her yard everyday and there
is a mysterious air quality problem in Mineral
Point with no apparent cause. When high
school students are terrorized by what appears
to be a vampire, waiting for their school bus
one morning, the Chief of Police becomes
involved and discovers that a threatening
poem, a box turtle and a warning of retribution
written in Japanese, has been deposited in The
Foundry Books' pagoda-like haiku box on the
bookstore's front porch. Liffey Rivers soon
realizes that she is facing an unimaginable
crisis in what has, up until now, been a safe
place to live and hide.
This is the first collection of short stories in the
Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer mystery series which
were originally published in Irish Dancing and
Culture Magazine. In "The Mystery of the
Missing Novice," Liffey notices that there are
two unrelated young dancers at an Irish dance
competition (feis) who look like identical twins.
When one of them goes missing, Liffey's
intuition and attention to detail brings about the
safe return of the missing novice. In "The Case
of the Clumsy Clowns," Liffey suspects that a
group of klutzy clowns who call themselves the
Joyful Jesters, might be up to something more
than entertaining their audience. "The Mystery
of the Temporary Trophy," finds Liffey at a feis
in New York with her Aunt Jean who is suffering
from Post Traumatic Bling Syndrome. Liffey
observes that one of the trophies to be
awarded at this feis looks suspiciously like the
ancient Derrynaflan Chalice she has seen
before in a Dublin museum. In "The
Werewolves of Ossory," Liffey rescues a
dancer from Ireland who has traveled alone to
the Seattle Halloween Feis burdened with a
centuries old family curse.