Popular Brimfield Twp. chief sends message to ‘mopes’
Are you a mope? You’ll want to stay out of Brimfield, where police Chief David Oliver and his 16-officer department stand “ready to fight crime and kiss babies.” Oliver’s new book, No Mopes Allowed, is a collection of the chief’s reflections on his childhood, integrity and responsibility, open letters to meth cooks (stop doing that!) and astonishment at the popularity of his Facebook page, which has more than 90,000 followers.
For those not among Oliver’s “crazy cousins,” a mope is a person who does bad things, whether it’s using or selling drugs, stealing or driving drunk. Though Oliver makes joking references to the “bed and breakfast” jail where mopes spend the night after being arrested, he takes a very hard line against offenders while at the same time promoting the children’s shop-with-a-cop program.
Written with dry wit and enormous warmth, the book is a heartening reassurance that some public servants are good for more than writing speeding tickets. You may even want to move to Brimfield.
No Mopes Allowed (257 pages, softcover) costs $14.95 from Gray & Co. David A. Oliver, a Lima native, attended Central-Hower High School.
‘Up North’ installments
Copley resident Douglas Ewan Cameron has added two more installments to his “Up North Mystery” series, which take place in northern Michigan on fictional Hibbard Pond.
Muddy Waters, shorter and suitable for teen readers, is about Chris “Muddy” Waters and his new friend, Joshua Beiler. Muddy plans to spend much of his summer vacation fishing, but when he meets Joshua, the boys begin adventuring in the woods, determined to find a cougar they’re sure has been around. They know it could be dangerous, but not as dangerous as the strangers who have been following Muddy to his choice fishing spots.
In The Body Under the Ice, an ice fisherman makes a shocking discovery during a brutal snowstorm, and efficient Sheriff Nathanial Jefferson sets out to identify the body and learn how it got there, while the town seems to have more rumors than residents.
A mysterious boss and his henchmen hide evidence, a couple of possible witnesses stonewall the investigation and a county official disappears. The sheriff and his deputies try to find out what the recalcitrant witnesses have in common.
The sheriff’s friends, Dugal and Earleen McBruce, the couple from Cameron’s debut The Body in the Perch Pond, are back for this one in supporting roles. It includes a preview of the next book, The Body Beneath the Bridge.
Muddy Waters (214 pages) and The Body Under the Ice (292 pages), both softcover, are $17.99 each from online retailers. Douglas Ewan Cameron also is the author of Payback is a Bitch, about the reprisal of a man whose brother-in-law tries to kill him on a Caribbean cruise.
First Ladies’ National Historic Site (205 Market Ave. S., Canton) — Carl Anthony, author of biographies of Florence Harding and Nellie Taft, takes part in the Legacy Lecture Series, talking about his new book, Ida McKinley: Turn-of-the-Century First Lady through War, Assassination and Secret Disability, 11 a.m. Monday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Fairlawn-Bath branch, 3101 Smith Road) — Irv Korman, author of I Was Jerry Lewis’ Bodyguard for 10 Minutes! talks at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Ohio Theatre (Playhouse Square, 1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland) — Columnist and author Martin Jacques (When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order) takes part in the Town Hall Speaker Series, 6 p.m. Monday. $45. Call 216-241-1919.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (North Royalton branch, 14600 State Road) — Mentor author Cynthia Mills discusses her World War I trilogy that starts with Missing, Believed Killed, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, author and illustrator of picture books like Counting on Calico, signs her work in the children’s area decorated with scenes from her books, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Coventry Library (1925 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights) — Gail Bellamy, author of Cleveland Christmas Memories and Cleveland Food Memories, speaks and signs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brooklyn branch, 4480 Ridge Road) — North Olmsted author Marty Gitlin talks about and signs The Great American Cereal Book, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Beachwood branch, 1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland) — Cynthia Mills talks about her trilogy, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Last Exit Books (124 E. Main St., Kent) — Elephant Stone Records founder Ben Vendetta reads from and signs his debut novel, the ’80s-set Wivenhoe Park, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Independence branch, 6361 Selig Drive) — Fox 8 TV director Vicki Stracensky speaks and signs Wise on Weather, her storybook for young readers illustrated by meteorologist Dick Goddard, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Mac’s Backs (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights) — Poets David Adams and Rikki Santer read from their work, 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Upcoming — Writing for Television is the last in a series of writing workshops sponsored by the Learned Owl Book Shop. Jean Considine, writer for the show Doc, leads the group from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10. $45; call 330-653-2252. The Medina County District Library’s Writers Live Author Luncheon features mystery writer Les Roberts, 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14. $25; call 330-722-6235. Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) is the next guest in the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage program at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre, Nov. 19. $30; call 216-664-6051.
— Barbara McIntyre
Special to the Beacon Journal
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