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Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome
Publisher:Boutique of Quality Books (September 1, 2018)|ISBN: 978-1945448201
Category: Transatlantic Cozy, Cozy Mystery | Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
Available in Print and ebook, 339 pages
Description Secluded Village Murder
Written in the style of a classic English Mystery with a contemporary young American woman as the amateur sleuth. Entertaining. Keeps you guessing until the end.
From a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was an accident.
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 pre-scheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor… she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.
Note: This book is a totally revamped version of “The Twinning Murders” with a different publisher. It is quite different from ‘The Twinning Murders’. You should enjoy this book even more!
MY REVIEW: LAWonder10)
This is a very good mystery/suspense with a touch of romance. The characters are very unique and a delightfully entertaining mix of diverse personalities.
Emily Ryder had no time for anything extra in her life, especially not a relationship.
There were problems brewing in the small community where her mother owned a B & B. Emily made sure her mother was busy "checking out" other B & B outside their community, so her mother would not be upset by the things which were threatening the future success of her business.
There was some unscrupulous behavior among some community leaders. Emily felt it was, mostly, up to her to prove it and bring them to justice... but HOW?
The entire plat keeps the reader guessing who the "bad guy" is until the end.
I felt the writing was a little jumbled and,at times, confusing. It lacked the flow and compelling energy to truly bring the reader "into the story" so he/she felt more connected.
The Book cover and Title were eye-catching and a good "fit".
It was an enjoyable read, though, and the plot was outstanding.
I offer a Three Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted to me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Praise Twinning Murders by Shelly Frome“There is a very eclectic cast of characters in this novel and the story reads fast. I enjoyed reading this mystery and I found that I was surprised at the ending. This is a story basically about money and greed.”-Kathleen Kelly, Celticlady Reviews
“Shelly Frome does a great job of creating an interesting murder mystery around a hennas crime committed in a small New England village. He then takes it all the way across “The Pond” to England where he beautifully captured the essence of Dartmoor National Park and the moorlands of Devon. From the village fete to the sudden fog that can devour you upon The Moor, Shelly Frome creates a wonderful atmosphere in which to add intrigue and mystery.
The story twists and turns and creates an interesting confluence of red herrings, doubts and suspicions until the end when you will be, as they say, “Gob smacked!” at who the murderer turns out to be.
This book was fun and scary and full of great characters one of which is a wonderful golden retriever. Twinning Murders will give you a dose of a good old fashion murder mystery with a surprise ending.”- Me Minty, Amazon Review
“Technically The Twinning Murders can be called a cozy as the profanity and violence are extremely minimal, the latter taking place primarily off-stage, and Emily is most definitely an amateur sleuth. Author Shelly Frome has also populated The Twinning Murders, on both sides of the Atlantic, with a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters. Unlike the cozies many readers are probably familiar with, however, The Twinning Murders has a genuine old fashioned, Agatha Christie-Miss Marple, British mystery feel to it, even though the bulk of the action takes place in Connecticut.”-Elizabeth A. White, elizabethwhite.com
“If you enjoy playing detective, this book was written for you. As you venture along you’ll be entertained by folksy New England characters in contrast to the British blokes who serve up their own style of wit and smarts. Enjoy this reading excursion and see if you can figure
out who done it and why! Well, Shelly Frome has done it again! He has set the scene and pace for an exhilarating chase through England and back to America.”- Herbert Siegel, Amazon Review
About Shelly Frome:
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, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and writes monthly profiles for Gannett Media.
His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of nonfiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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