I loved Jon Hassler's writing because he got the particulars of not only Minnesota, but small town life. I read "Staggerford" in high school and though I, as an 18 year old Lutheran girl had nothing in common with a single, catholic English teacher, I was entranced by the world of Miles Pruitt and Agatha McGhee.
When I read "Grand Opening" a story inspired by Hassler's growing up years in Plainview, Minnesota, I felt a little closer to my own grandfather who had also grown up in Southern Minnesota, the son of a grocer.
Jon wrote many, many books and touched the hearts and minds of people worldwide. Have you read his work? What was your favorite?