Cover artwork by Casey Koester
The fifth book in my Double V Mysteries series will be out in December! - Murder at the Summer Theater. Join Elmer and Juliet in a theatrical caper on the Connecticut shore in the summer of 1951. 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 – partnership.
My collection of essays on classic films - Movies in Our Time - Hollywood Mirrors and Mimics the Twentieth Century will be on sale in eBook version at Amazon for $2.99 through December 31st!
I'll be giving a talk on my book Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain - 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts with a PowerPoint presentation at the Loomis Village in South Hadley on Tuesday,
January 8, 2019.
I was very pleased to take part in the book launch of the new The Republican Heritage Book Series: The Power of Women: Notable Women from Western and Central Massachusetts from the 1600’s to the Present. The Power of Women tells the story of centuries of struggle to end slavery, to secure the vote and attain rights that were reserved only for men.
I am one of the contributors to this book, which contains over 800 biographical sketches of women of significant achievement in all fields of endeavor.
The launch was held at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, October 17th.
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Look for my new syndicated classic film column Silver Screen, Golden Years at the Go60 website here, or your local newspaper. If they don't carry it, contact Clear Mountain Communications and Senior Wire Service and ask for it!