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Bartender serves up mystery with a chaser

Writes whodunnit to keep you guessing — with another in works

Local author Donn Fleming released his first novel, titled, “Sarasota Sunrise,” a murder mystery set parly in Sarasota, Fla., and partly in a fictional New England town inspired by his time in central Massachusetts. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
January 13, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Donn Fleming has done a lot.

The West Brookfield resident has lived all over the country — and the world.

Along his travels, he has written a lot, as well.

With a growing body of work that he has chosen to keep to himself thus far, Fleming, a bartender at Ebenezer's Tavern at the Publick House, recently released his first full-length novel, "Sarasota Sunrise."

The novel follows the investigation by a New England police officer into the death of a Florida supermodel, leading readers down various avenues of possibility, culminating in an unpredictable maze of jealousy, rivalries and death.

"The protagonist is a big old country cop from this fictional town in New England," Fleming explained. "His name is Big Ben because of his size."

Some elements of the story were derived from Fleming's own experience working in the fashion industry, moving throughout style hubs around the world.

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