Finding Wisconsin's Belgian side

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CSI Media staff | October 24, 2013

Authors Christine DeSmet and Michelle Caffrey will present “Writing the new Poirot — from Brussels, Belgium to Brussels, Wisconsin by way of Lake Geneva.” During a PowerPoint presentation at the Lake Geneva Public Library on Saturday, DeSmet will introduce her new “Fudge Shop Mystery” book series set in Door County, and travel writer Caffrey will share the savory details of her recent trip to Belgium.

The authors will explore Belgian sleuths, the culture of fudge and Belgium's unique place among European countries with its chocolate, booyah and beer. The authors also will discuss how Belgium influenced the history and culture of Wisconsin, which is home to one of our country's largest rural population of Belgians.

Free fudge will be provided by DeSmet. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the program.

DeSmet's new series features the first Belgian sleuth since Hercule Poirot. This one is a woman — Ava Oosterling, who operates a bait and fudge shop with her Grandpa Gil. DeSmet's three-book mystery series was purchased by Penguin Random House, New York in 2012 and is making its debut this fall.

Caffrey has just returned from a trip to Belgium — a return visit to Europe where she and her husband operated a successful barge chartering business for more than a decade. Her travel memoir, “Just Imagine: A New Life on an Old Boat,” chronicles the adventures and misadventures of their first year aboard a 1906 barge, Imagine.

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