Ghost, Murders, and a Famous Baby Face...

Welcome to Ann Turner Cook’s Home Page
author of
the Brandy O'Bannon Mystery Series
Shadow over Cedar Key
Trace Their Shadows

and now...
Micanopy in Shadow

A small town hears a young mother’s cries for help, but turns away. In time, she is all but forgotten, but not by the young daughter she has left behind nor by the child’s mysterious benefactor. More than 80 years later, Hope Losterman wants answers about her mother’s terrible fate. She enlists her granddaughter, reporter and amateur sleuth Brandy O'Bannon. Do the dead have tales to tell? A psychic offers an eerie warning, but Brandy risks all to pursue the truth. As she peels back layers of deceit, she learns that much in Micanopy is not what it seems. What she finds will change everything for Brandy, her grandmother, and a picturesque town that guards an ugly secret. 

The plot takes many twists and turns, but the biggest surprise of all may be the author of Shadow over Cedar Key: she’s the world-famous Gerber Baby.

Ann Turner Cook’s face may be as familiar to you as that of your own children. A charcoal sketch of 5-months old Ann has been the trademark of Gerber Baby Food since 1928, adorning uncounted millions of jars of strained peas and every other baby product produced by Gerber. Her cherubic face has been described as the most recognized trademark in the world.

Pleased as she is to be associated with babies, Ann Cook long ago established her own professional credentials. After a 26-year career teaching literature and writing to high school students, she has become an author herself. Her first novels weave her interest in Florida history into the intricate plotting of murder mystery.

Micanopy in Shadow ISBN: 978-0-595-46301-5

Ann Turner Cook’s…writing is of a high caliber, clear and full of action….savor the story, yet become totally enmeshed…  MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW


An eerie beauty settles over Tiger Tail Island, a wild refuge along Florida’s Gulf Coast. But treachery and violence are woven throughout the island’s blood history. The latest death is that of treasure hunter Timothy Hart, who discovered, then took to his grave, Tiger Tail Island’s most extraordinary secret.

Newspaper reporter and crime buff Brandy O’Bannon has come to the quaint town of Homosassa to make a decision that will alter the course of her life. But she is soon drawn deeply into a web of intrigue as she seeks to unravel the mystery of Hart’s murder. Brandy encounters a strange mix of characters more interested in Hart’s discovery than in his death.

Brandy’s amateur sleuthing tries the patience of homicide detective Sgt. Jeremiah Strong. But they join forces in a race against the clock to solve the crime. The intertwined fate of two Indian children, born centuries apart, rests on their success.

Homosassa Shadows ISBN: 0-595-34466-6


Concealed by the roaring winds of a savage hurricane, a brutal murder is committed in Cedar Key, and a young child disappears into the storm. Two decades later, three people arrive in the quiet Gulf Coast village looking for answers. One of them is Brandy O'Bannon, a reporter with an affinity for ghosts and a knack for unraveling mysteries. In Cedar Key, Brandy discovers a town that keeps its secrets.


Shadow over Cedar Key ISBN 0595278434



In Trace Their Shadows, the first of the Brandy O'Bannon series, a deadly mystery swirls around an aging Florida mansion, and the curious young reporter finds more than she bargained for as she seeks to unravel the strange tale. Brandy is intrigued by rumors of a ghost haunting an isolated old mansion. One things leads to another, and Brandy stumbles on a 45-year old skeleton and a murder, but also finds unexpected romance. She encounters some eccentric characters as she works to solve the puzzle and to save the marvelous century-old house from developers.


Trace Their Shadows ISBN 0595204104


Anyone who shares Cook’s interest in Florida history and architecture will be captivated by Ann's intriguing tales. And the mysterious skeletons certainly spice up the stories. The novels are set in the small, historic towns of Micanopy, Tavares, Cedar Key, and Homosassa, Florida.


Reader's Comments:

"The writing is so intelligent, so truly delightful, it’s a huge cut above the average published mystery.".... Nancy Means Wright, author of the Ruth Willmarth Vermont mystery series.

"In Trace Their Shadows an unsolved murder blends with a powerful and realistic theme: the loss of Florida’s natural beauty and historic structures to make way for shopping malls and housing developments." Thalia Potter, Sierra Club activist.

"Grab a copy of Trace Their Shadows, curl up in a hammock, and enjoy a ghost story with a twist." --- Patricia Bishop, current Language Arts Supervisor, Hillsborough County, Florida, schools.

"Shadow over Cedar Key was a pleasure to read. The layout and atmosphere of the Island Hotel were captured beautifully, and the story was most entertaining." - Tony Cousins, Island Hotel owner and manager, Cedar Key, Florida.

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