Sunday, November 5, 2017


Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (November 7, 2017)
Hardcover 265 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313250
E-Book ASIN: B071RR32NZ

Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the latest performance of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, Much Ado About Nothing. The company’s steady growth enables them to cast star British actress Audrey Ashley, who arrives on scene to play the lead role of Beatrice. But things immediately get more complicated when Audrey insists the company replace the current director with new, up and coming British director Edmund Albright.
Edmund plans to change the popular romantic comedy, which alienates several people associated with the production. And the list of people he upsets only grows: the laid off former director, the hotel owner’s secretary, and even Audrey herself. Just as Edmund’s plans are about to come to fruition, his body is discovered on his sofa, holding a gun in his hand. His death is quickly ruled a suicide but Charlotte thinks otherwise. Why would Edmund, on the brink of greatness, kill himself? And in such an American way?
With a whole cast of characters to investigate, Charlotte is determined to unmask each one before it’s final curtain call on the whole production in award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan’s third Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery, Much Ado About Murder.

To be or not to be... involved in a small, out of the way theatre production company attempting to put on a Shakespearean play set at the end of the American Civil War. Amidst unexpectected staff and star changes, dealing with all the egos and deception the theatre has come to be known for, and struggling with budget as well as time restraints, costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has motive to want to get this production put to bed.
You do not need to be familiar with Shakespeare and his works to be drawn to this series.
The interaction between the players, all the characters involved, and the fast changes happening setting the theatre world on edge keep you turning pages, unsure who can be trusted and what anyone's motives may be. Danger is around every corner.
Well written and kept my attention until the very end.

About the Author
Elizabeth J Duncan is the author of two mystery series – Shakespeare in the Catskills and the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales.
She is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada's best light mystery and lives in Toronto.

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