Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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A Mysterious Review of Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan. A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery.

Review summary: The author takes a paint-by-numbers approach to this first book in a series, with a stock character as the lead in a mystery that isn't all that demanding. Still, the cast is engaging and the setting nearly ideal. A promising start to the series, but a more interesting murder to investigate next time would be most appreciated. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

Untimely Death Elizabeth J. Duncan

Untimely Death
Elizabeth J. Duncan
A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery
Crooked Lane Books (November 2015)

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Publisher synopsis: A Catskills resort's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of such a beautiful young thespian? Who wouldn't? Seems like just about everyone had a motive to pull the ropes on her final curtain call.

At the center of this Shakespearian tragedy is Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Upstate New York is a long way from the royal stage, but Charlotte is always the queen of her domain. As this small production's costume designer, she has stitched her way into everyone's lives, learning more than anyone could possibly imagine about the rise and fall of Lauren Richmond. But curiosity killed the cat. And it might well kill the costume designer.

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