by Ann Carol Ulrich

Annette Vetter Adventure #5

A very special Christmas for Annette ...

"Tomorrow I get a day off," said Uncle Will, eating the rest of the tuna concoction right out of the bowl with a spoon.
      Ruby looked over at him with interest.
      "I thought you might like to get out of the house. I could take you to the roller skating rink."
Ruby sighed. "I don't know, Uncle Will. Terry said it was important for me to stay right here."
       He didn't look at her. "You're bored stiff here, Ruby. I don't want you going crazy on me."

        Ruby felt a tear forming in her eye. She was afraid to speak. She did feel terribly confined, but more than that, she was afraid. Terry had made it clear that she wasn't to go out in public and be seen. Someone might recognize her.
Even though Madison, Wisconsin was well over a thousand miles from her home in Colorado Springs, she knew the police had been informed. and posters with her picture on it might turn up in a place as big as Madison. She didn't want to see her brother go to jail.

It's Christmastime in Ravensville. While Penny is busy with the Christmas pageant at school and Mrs. Vetter is in the doldrums over a broken relationship, Annette is feeling extra lonely. The holiday get-away they'd planned is postponed because one of Annette's Holsteins is due to calve. Terry, a homeless boy, who is helping out at Pete's farm, is hiding something. Annette and Penny finally get to check out the local landmark they've been dying to investigate -- the old abandoned tower -- and discover another mystery to solve, involving a missing girl.

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In the Shadow of the Tower


ISBN 978-0-944851-42-5  November 2015

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Ann Carol Ulrich (Ann Ulrich Miller) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Michigan State University. Originally from Monona, Wisconsin, her writing career began at age 15 with the sale of her first short story.

She is the author of the Annette Vetter Adventure series, plus an independent Young Adult novel, The Root Cellar Mystery.

She is the author of a Space Trilogy, which includes Intimate Abduction, Return To Terra, and The Light Being. She has also written a romance mystery, Night of the November Moon, and others under the name Ann Ulrich Miller, including her recent memoir, Stepping Forth, An American Girl Coming of Age in the 60s. Her four previous Annette Vetter mysteries, as well as this one, are set in the 1960s.

Her favorite genre is romantic suspense. She writes novels for both adults and young people, with most of her writing reflecting her search for a higher purpose in life. Her spiritual autobiography, Throughout All Time, tells about her esoteric life with her husband and soul mate, and how she dealt with his passing.

Currently she resides in Western Colorado and is at work on her next novel. Visit

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