Cover artwork by Casey Koester
The fifth book in my Double V Mysteries series is now published! - Murder at the Summer Theater. Join Elmer and Juliet in a theatrical caper on the Connecticut shore in the summer of 1951.
Get the eBook at Amazon and Kobo, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and a variety of other online shops for $2.99.
The print version is available at Amazon for $9.99.
Here's a preview:
Rehearsals grow tense at a summer theater on the Connecticut shore. The lead actress goes missing – or was she murdered?
Juliet Van Allen and Elmer Vartanian, the “Double V” duo, are called in on the case, but even with Juliet pretending to be an actress and newcomer to the cast, the players are guarding their secrets closely. There are spurned lovers, jealous wives, scene-stealers and heartbreakers, with enough spirit of vengeance to fill up the loge. Will the show go on? Even when a body is found?
Murder at the Summer Theater is the fifth book in the Double V Mysteries series set in New England in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
If you like the charm of a classic film, this “cozy noir” will return you to an era of soft ocean breezes and a glamorous game of suspicion played between acts. The painted backdrop is the heyday of summer theatre, when greats from the New York stage and Hollywood performed in barns and tents on New England’s famed “straw hat circuit.” Passionate accusations light up the balcony, grim consequences lurk in the dressing room. Join the nervous producers on the veranda for a champagne cocktail.
It’s a seaside caper where murder is in the spotlight in the summer of 1951, and Juliet and Elmer are on the verge of a new professional – and personal - relationship!
I'll be giving a talk on my Double V Mysteries series and the "scene of the crime" -- New England in the early 1950s - for the Catholic Women's Club of Agawam on Monday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m. The event is to be held in the Father Joyce Room in the Parish Center at St. John the Evangelist Church in Agawam, 833 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.
My twin brother John and I will be selling and signing our books on Sunday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the outdoor craft fair hosted by the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El at 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.
My twin brother John and I will be selling and signing our books on Sunday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the outdoor craft fair hosted by the St. Joan of Arc School P.T.O. on Sunday, October 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall, 460 Granby Road, Chicopee, Massachusetts.
I was very pleased to be interviewed in the WBGY-TV (PBS) program Connecting Point, May 1, 2019, on behalf of the Chicopee Historical Society, on re-purposing old mill buildings of western Massachusetts. The link is here.
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