So You Think You Know Joe Gale’s Maine?


By Brenda Buchanan, author of TRUTH BEAT

To celebrate the February 1 release of Truth Beat, the third book in my Joe Gale Mystery Series, I’m having a contest. It’s a pop quiz inspired by the iconic Maine public television show, So You Think You Know Maine, a classic from the 70s and 80s that never will be forgotten.

Shot in front of a studio audience (often with a troop of Girl Scouts in the front row), So You Think You Know Maine featured a flannel shirt-wearing host and a rustic set meant to look like a log cabin, complete with fake windows looking out onto fake pointed firs. Unlike network game shows, where contestants competed for a new car or at least a frost-free refrigerator, winners of So You Think You Know Maine won things like a coffee can full of old nails or a jar of pickled fiddleheads.

Here’s a link to a 1988 episode, to provide Mainers a trip down memory lane and the rest of you a sense of what you missed:

Test your Maine knowledge as it applies to my protagonist, Joe Gale, the intrepid newspaper reporter you’ve come to know (and love?) in Quick Pivot and Cover Story. Post your score in the comments so I’ll know how many answers you got right. I’ll put the top scorers’ names in a hat and pick the winner on February 10. The prize? A free copy of Truth Beat, of course!

0216_9781459290341-TruthBeat-WebTRUTH BEAT by Brenda Buchanan

A newspaper reporter struggles with unreliable sources while covering two explosive stories—the apparent murder of a priest who stood up to his church and a spate of increasingly destructive bombings.

Shock waves reverberate through tight-knit Riverside, Maine, when an outspoken priest is found dead. After writing Father Patrick Doherty’s obituary, Portland Daily Chronicle reporter Joe Gale learns that the good Father didn’t die in the garden where his body was found—the cops say it was murder, and the killer went to great pains to cover it up.

Friends and parishioners tell Joe that Patrick was sincere and selfless. But a vocal gang of rabble-rousers claim he was corrupt. Joe is nowhere near cracking the case when a second crisis threatens to tear Riverside apart: a poorly constructed bomb detonates near the local high school.

On the eve of Patrick’s wake, the police imply the dead priest was involved in criminal activity prior to his death. And as Joe races to sort truth from rumor, his two big stories collide, putting him in mortal danger.


4 thoughts on “So You Think You Know Joe Gale’s Maine?”

  1. Michelle says:

    Great to see another installment in Joe’s story.

    1. Brenda Buchanan says:

      Thanks, Michelle!

  2. Jeanie Jackson says:

    Anxiously awaiting the release of Truth Beat!

  3. Suzanne Senechal Murawski says:

    In the past week, I have read all three books on a recommendation of a coworker. I love the layered story lines and how they intertwine especially in TRUTH BEAT. All the characters are fully developed and believable.
    I grew up in Westbrook and have traveled in much of the state. It was wonderful to have in my mind’s eye places in Machias that I was familiar with, as well as ” Riverside.”
    In the 60s ,I spent much time at RiverMeadow Golf Course when it wasn’t open or being chased off when it was. The names of certain characters although fictional rang true….St Pierre, Direnzo,McGillicudy. It certainly added to my enjoyment of the books.
    I look forward to reading future books.

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