Death on the Brule River


          “I found Death on the Brule a really good read…loved the dialogue and humor and pace…a bit like Leif Enger’s Virgil Wander.”  Joel Cooper

          “Immediately brings me to the banks of the Brule.” — Bob Jauch

          “It was a fun story. I enjoyed how it was a quick, entertaining read.”  — Linden Bayless

          “You had me laughing out loud several times. A really fun book to read.” Karen Collins Michaud




“If you’re like me, it’s been a little too long since the last Dave Davecki story from the pen of Mike Savage. Like the Bond franchise, you never want it to end. Death on the Brule River brings Alphonse “Dave” Davecki out of retirement and many readers will be satisfied with the outcome.

Settings change, but the shrewd, slightly hapless Davecki wit amps any story to a higher level. In this adventure, we begin at a favorite fishing hole on the Brule river, but instead of getting hooked on a sunk log, it’s a dead body under there. Along with the reader, Davecki smells trouble and like any good story there’s more than meets the eye. Something’s fishy here.

Throughout literary history rivers have run through many a good story. I wouldn’t doubt that Hemingway cast a few lines into this water, and so it is that Mike Savage is casting and leaving it to the readers’ imaginations to see what he’ll reel in. One thing for certain, as with all his Dave Davecki stories, there is a real payoff.”

— Ed Newman, Pioneer Productions

All the elements of a good read are contained between these covers: a page turning murder mystery, descriptions of the area that enable the reader to visualize it, romantic tension, and the wry and sometimes salty conversations of the locals, depicting their unique personalities. There are a number of turns of a phrase that elicit a chuckle, with a personal favorite being that somebody was so boring they could bore a can of tuna to death.” 

— Connie Jacobson     

“An engaging read. I really enjoyed how the various storylines were woven together throughout. There’s plenty of hilarity from the Grumpy Old Men and plenty of mystery—especially with the, “Who is this lady with a pink fishing rod?!” As a fisherman it was a bonus to have all of this happening on the iconic banks of the Brule. You can practically smell the pine trees whenever they head down to the river, and I felt like I’d seen some ghosts when Jack and Edna showed up. It seems like some of the fishing holes have been rearranged, but heck, I almost always lie about where I catch my fish. Hemingway rearranged whole rivers in the U.P. in his stories.”

— Dave Josephs




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