For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fatal early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It’s labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions over Chris Cooper’s death. For Emily, if Chris hadn’t been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn’t fit.
As Emily heads across the pond for a prescheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor, she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.
Shelly Frome has delivered a fun and quirky murder mystery full of appealing characters and a clever plot. Frome is a skilled writer who delivers crisp dialog and lovely descriptions which help move the plot along. I sometimes hesitate to read novels written by academics because they tend to be so literary. (I readily admit that I am a blue-collar reader…) At the end of the day, I just like a good story with suspenseful action and characters that don’t make me want to throw the book at the wall, and I got that here. I started The Secluded Village Murders around 6 pm on a Friday night and finished it around midnight. Then I opened up my Libby app and started looking for more books by Shelly Frome.
If you are a fan of M.C. Beaton, Joan Hess, and Carolyn Hart, you will enjoy Shelly Frome. Recommended.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: BQB Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st 2018
Number of Pages: 339
ISBN: 1945448202 (ISBN13: 9781945448201)
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Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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