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Posted May 9, 2011
A wonderful cozy mystery
I've always been a fan of the traditional cozy murder mysteries. So I was excited to discover a modern-day voice that has captured that fast-paced and snappy dialogue that you would find in a Tommy & Tuppence who-dun-it. That voice is Donna Crow, award-winning English novelist who lives in Oregon.
Her sleuths are newlyweds Elizabeth and Richard Spenser, an educated and stylish couple who are on their honeymoon. But these two are pulled away from their romantic trysts by the shady goings on at a local theatre. In the silent and darkened hall it seems someone is out to injure Elizabeth's sister, Tori, ... or worse.
Amidst delightful snippets of Shakespearean speeches that are expertly woven throughout the story, is a hilarious maze of misconstructed dialogue and mayhem of action. Even the police detective quotes Shakespeare, proving the universality of the Bard.
With an adroit hand at humor and sleek banter, Donna Crow combines a lighthearted romance with the dangerous world behind the curtain. And her characters Elizabeth and Richard share their Christian faith unobtrusively and with deft intelligence.
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Posted May 2, 2011
Romance, mystery, and.... Shakespeare? Yes. Shakespeare. I loved this book. I wish I had time to go on about all of its accolades, but I don't. I will say this, however... If you are a fan of Shakespeare, then this book is a must read. If you love romance, then this book is for you. And if you enjoy a good mystery, you won't be disappointed. Discover who is responsible for the strange happenings behind stage, the near deaths, and the numerous "accidents". It's not who you think. I highly recommend this book. Happy reading!
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Posted February 26, 2012
Posted July 6, 2011
Shakespeare, Romance and Murder!
In A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare, Donna Fletcher Crow delivers many entrancing moments and plenty of suspense. Newly-weds Elizabeth and Richard Spencer take a second honeymoon in Ashland, Oregon. Why? Like the author, they're experts on Shakespeare and his plays, and the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, featuring a replica of an Elizabethan theater, is located there. As an added bonus, Elizabeth's younger sister, Victoria, designs the costumes for the plays. But soon after their arrival, the couple encounters a series of sinister events. And a murder. Crow provides plenty of suspects in her twisty murder plot, and the killer's identity remains a mystery until the very end. Crow's descriptions of the Elizabethan theater, the period music, and, especially, Shakespeare's plays, are delightful. If you love Shakespeare and want an insider's look at the theater world, this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2011
Shakespeare and Mystery
I SO enjoyed this book! I love cozy mysteries and Shakespeare and this was a great blend of the two. And the honeymooning protagonists, Elizabeth and Richard, are sweet, intelligent and engaging. I bought the first book in the series, Shadow of Reality, and can't wait to dive in. Looking forward to more in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2011
I missed that this was book 2 of a series, but I wasn't lost, the story functions as a stand-alone while still seeming to develope the characters from the first book. As both a Shakespeare and a mystery lover, I particularly enjoyed this novel. The author did an elegant job of interweaving tidbits from the Shakespearian plays without making it too overbearing for readers who are not as familiar with Shakespeare. Overall, I enjoyed the story and plan to go back and read book 1.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2011
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