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Mary R. Davidsaver

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, The United States
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Mary Davidsaver was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She had no choice but to attend school in Iowa City because generations of family craftsmen helped build the county courthouse, the dormitories, and the student union.

That tradition of craftsmanship had her living in Bishop Hill, an Illinois state historic site and a national historic landmark, first as a silversmith and then as a writer, for twenty-four years. She and her husband have returned to Iowa.

Clouds Over Bishop Hill is her first book and is published by MWC Press, an imprint of the Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, Illinois.

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Writing is work and the fun part doesn't always show up right away. But when everything clicks and I feel I've done my best that satisfied feeling is there.

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I like this private detective's attitude, how she speaks her mind, and how she never gives up. Her case, her client, her friends mean everything to her. She finds ways around obstacles and makes her case. It's just up to everyone else to catch up with her.
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