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The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

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The Secluded Village Murders
Author: Shelly Frome
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Date Published: September 2018
Publisher: BQB Publishing

 

The Secluded Village Murders_zpstf1uaqxrFrom 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 fateful 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 around 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 scheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor . . . she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.

 

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Excerpt:

Picking up speed, she passed the rows of Victorian houses with their pilastered front porches and attached shutters in homage to last century’s Colonial Revival. She’d grown up here, always lived here except for college and her transatlantic jaunts. But at this moment, her village might as well be a scattering of old photos.

Before she knew it, the rain was beating down harder, her wiper blades barely able to keep up. Among the nagging questions flitting through her mind was how could Miranda Shaw have suddenly gotten wind of her leaking roof? Or   did somebody just put her up to it, to get Chris rushing pell- mell in the rain so he would . . .

Emily eased her foot off the pedal, barely able to see through the downpour. She switched the wipers on high and kept her eyes on the road, intent on avoiding an accident.

Minutes later, she pulled into Miranda Shaw’s place at a slow but steady crawl. As she reached the circular drive, straining her eyes through the thwacking blades, she peered up two stories above the stone archway.

There she caught sight of the familiar gangly figure climbing higher toward the peak of an eight-sided turret. At a point where the grayish-blue slate, copper flashing, and a mullioned window merged, the figure suddenly became a shuddering blur.

Emily honked her horn, blasting as loud as she could. But it was too late. The figure flopped over and slid down the turret, glanced off the aluminum ladder and toppled like a broken doll.

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About the Author

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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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 24

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Love on a Limb by Laurie Lewis

 

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day 24 coverMatthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why he’s about to propose to a total stranger. He isn’t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.

Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Grayken’s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Matt’s death and prays for a miracle instead.

Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Matt’s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him–to help him die peaceably.

Their last hope at saving Matt’s life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they’re willing to go for love.

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Day 18 AuthorLaurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Top Ten List:

Ten fun facts:

  1. I love all things Maryland crab-based–crab cakes, crab soup, and just eating them right from the steamer.

  2. I am a kidney donor.

  3. I once recorded a demo single.

  4. I was a shot put thrower in high school.

  5. I love twinkle lights. I hang them inside, outside, stuff them into jars. They make me happy.

  6. I have a crazy love for Christmas nesting boxes. I use them every Christmas to wrap gifts, but it’s a family joke that you have to return the box. Lol!

  7. My husband and I met on a CB radio when I was 15. (Don’t ask . . .  LOL.

  8. I break into accents with little provocation. My favorites are Irish and British. 

  9. I like to write characters with accents, and when I read through my work, I narrate their parts using their accents. (see 8 above.)

  10. When I’m sitting at a light with my blinker on, I hear the beat and break into the song, “Sleigh Ride.” Try it! It’s the perfect rhythm!

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 23

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Love at Lakewood Med by TJ Amberson

 

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day 23 coverSavannah Drake would be thrilled about starting her final year of medical school if it weren’t for one thing: she has to spend a month working in the emergency room with cold, aloof Dr. Wesley Kent as her mentor.

When her first day in the ER proves to be a humiliating disaster, Savannah is ready to swear off emergency medicine forever. Gradually, though, she finds that the unpredictable, emotional experience of caring for patients in the emergency room is affecting her far differently than she expected–and Dr. Kent turns out to be anything but the arrogant attending physician that she assumed him to be.

But just when Savannah finally admits to herself that she is falling for Dr. Kent, she learns that things at the hospital are not all what they seem.

Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, Savannah must decide between her future career and everything that she has come to care so much about.

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day 23 authorTJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel.

Her most recent novels include The Kingdom of Nereth, The Council of Nereth, Fusion, and Love at Lakewood Med.

When she’s not writing, TJ can probably be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets.

With a love of writing in multiple genres, TJ Amberson strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, and original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.

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Top Ten List:

10 of my favorite things:

  1. Stargazing

  2. Playing the piano

  3. Autumn

  4. International travel

  5. The smell of newly mowed grass

  6. Musicals

  7. Christmastime

  8. Walks on a sunny day

  9. A hot chocolate

  10. The ocean

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 22

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The Gentleman Physician by Sally Britton

 

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“I didn’t really understand what love was.
I didn’t know what it meant, that I should’ve fought harder for it.”

 
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Banished from home by her angry father, Julia Devon travels to Bath to fulfill her role as family spinster by assisting her cousin, Lady Macon, in caring for her dying husband.

Nathaniel Hastings’s life runs in a predictable pattern, until a routine visit to one of his ailing patients brings him face to face with Julia, the woman who broke his heart five years before in London.

Julia and Nathaniel find themselves unlikely allies as they work together to tend to the family’s needs, fend off Lady Macon’s scheming brother-in-law, and avoid confronting the pain of their shared past. But could this accidental meeting be their second chance at love?”

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“Sally Britton is sixth generation Texan, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally lives in Arizona with her husband, four children, and their dog. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.”

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Top Ten List:

10 (Random) Favorite Things:

  1. My Family (Always, always, always at the top of every list)

  2. Retro-looking keyboards (that look like typewriters!)

  3. Milk chocolate and caramel combinations 

  4. Funky socks 

  5. Reading until 3 AM 

  6. Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh 

  7. Jane Austen’s Novels

  8. Beauty and the Beast books/movies/poems

  9. Star Wars. Yes. All of them. 

  10. Tacos. Anyone who doesn’t include tacos are lying to themselves. 

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 21

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All the Way to Italy by Flavia Brunetti

 

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Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will travel throughout Italy, enlisting the help of the aunt who raised her, friends old and new, and the country itself, in her search for the answers she needs.

This is the powerful story of those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.

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day 21 authorBorn just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato.

Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University.

Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso.

You can find her city blog on Rome at whichwaytorome.com and her portfolio of published writing at flaviinrome.com.

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Top Ten List:

My top 10 Favorite Things

  1.  Turning the corner into the courtyard of my apartment building in Rome after a long time away.

  2. Books, books, always books.

  3. A pen given as a gift, with beautiful, inspiring ink, sitting atop a brand-new, fresh notebook.

  4. People whose eyes light up when they talk about something they love.

  5. Piano music in a new place. 

  6. Unexpected kindness, given freely.

  7. Adventures that run into you on a quiet day, like dancing down Via Giulia or the market at Campo de’ Fiori early in the morning.

  8. Cicadas on a summer night (there’s a short story about them in All the Way to Italy, called “What Sings in the Night”!)

  9. Watermelon.

  10. That moment of stomach rise, stomach fall when the wheels of the plane come up off the ground and suddenly, you’re flying toward somewhere new. But then also, coming home. 

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 20

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Aeonian Dreams by Morgan J Muir

 

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Mariah has chosen to become a vampire, but she can’t remember why.

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Upon waking in the labyrinthine caves of Sophus, a centuries-old vampire, Mariah can’t remember all the choices that brought her there, but she does know there are dangerous secrets hidden within her.  As she learns to control her powerful new body— and its bloodthirsty urges— Mariah discovers a unique ability to travel through a world of spirit, the key to remembering her past, and possibly the future.

At first, it seems her path is simple: learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return with him to raise their son. However, things are more complicated than they seem, and neither Sophus nor her husband’s captor is willing to let them go. Mariah must use whatever skills she can to find her husband and protect her still-mortal son, but will it be enough?

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day 20 AuthorMorgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.

Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day.  Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales.  When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.

Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom.  As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.

Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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Top Ten List:

10 random facts about me.

 

  1. Blue Roan is my favorite color of horse

  2. I prefer off-road motorcycles to street bikes

  3. I published my first book in 3rd grade

  4. I can’t act worth beans

  5. My favorite jersey number is 13

  6. A ring inscribed with the phrase “Prone to wander” reminds me to write

  7. Despite having a cell phone for over 15 years, I still don’t have a smart phone

  8. Reading my teacher’s ratty old copy of “Birth of the Firebringer” by Meredith Ann Pierce in 4th grade is what first inspired me to start writing.

  9. Horses are my favorite mammal

  10. I think top 10 lists are as difficult to compile as writing a book cover blurbs

 
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