Death in Reel Time [NOOK Book]


A killer makes his final cut. . . .

If there’s one thing genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier have learned, it’s that every family has a black sheep— sometimes a whole flock of them. Their new client, Olivia Clement, is hoping to uncover the truth about her ne’er-do-well father, who disappeared before she was born. But Sophreena and Esme have barely begun ...
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Death in Reel Time

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A killer makes his final cut. . . .

If there’s one thing genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier have learned, it’s that every family has a black sheep— sometimes a whole flock of them. Their new client, Olivia Clement, is hoping to uncover the truth about her ne’er-do-well father, who disappeared before she was born. But Sophreena and Esme have barely begun delving into Olivia’s past when a present-day murder interrupts their schedule.

Someone has decided to prune the Clement family tree by getting rid of Olivia’s domineering son-in-law, Blaine Branch. Even without Esme’s psychic gift, it was easy to sense the tension between Blaine and his put-upon wife, Beth. Suspicion quickly falls on a young filmmaker and family friend who’s creating a documentary about their small town. Yet Soph and Esme become convinced someone else wanted to edit Blaine out, permanently. Buried deep in dusty boxes of memorabilia and 1940s film reels are vital clues, but it will take all of Sophreena’s deductive skill to expose the truth—before another victim fades to black.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bonner’s entertaining second family history mystery (after 2013’s Paging the Dead), genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier dig into the past of Johnny Hargett, the father of Olivia Clement, a longtime friend of them both. Hargett, a WWII draft dodger, was last seen hopping a train headed for parts west of their hometown of Morningside, N.C., 60-plus years earlier. That’s mystery #1. Mystery #2 is the murder of Olivia’s son-in-law. Sophreena and Esme aren’t supposed to get involved in police matters, but between Esme’s friendship with Det. Denton Carlson and the possibility that this murder is vaguely reminiscent of something from the victim’s past, it’s hard for them to resist. A film from 1941 that eerily foreshadows current events further draws the pair in. Fans of light mysteries will enjoy the sufficiently quirky characters and a plot peppered with an equally satisfactory number of solid clues and red herrings. Agent: Cynthia Manson, Cynthia Manson Literary Agency. (Mar.)
author of "The Hero's Companion: Tallent & Lo Amy Lignor
“Before this story reaches its ultimate conclusion, many readers will be on their way to look up their own ancestry, because the read is literally that beguiling. A fantastic tale, lovers of mystery will eat up every page and gasp at the truly ‘surprise’ ending that will have one and all eagerly awaiting the next installment in this incredible series.”
Kirkus Reviews
A North Carolina family-research specialist and her psychic friend take on a murder in the present and a mystery from the past. Genealogist Sophreena McClure, Esme Sabatier and the other members of an unofficial club in the town of Morningside plan to give a present of family research to their friend Olivia Clement. Although Olivia's always wanted to know more about her father, who ran off before she was born, her friends warn her that she might not like what she learns. But Olivia, who wants to know the truth, turns over boxes of papers and diaries from her recently deceased aunt Celestine to the researchers. Tony Barrett, a former student of Olivia's daughter Beth, offers to make a video scrapbook to accompany the print versions, despite Esme's wariness of newfangled media. Esme has her own resources that only Sophreena knows about—signs, symbols and occasional voices from those who've gone on before. She and Sophreena have barely started the project when Beth's controlling husband, Blaine Branch, is found floating in a lake. Although Esme's beau, Detective Denny Carlson, is reluctant to disrupt a family he knows and likes, he's obligated to investigate Beth, her brother and Blaine's associates. Tony's troubled past brings him under suspicion as well. While he uses his technological skills to help Sophreena and Esme with Blaine's murder—and Sophreena does research into the unknown aspects of her own family history—they're also getting messages from Celestine, who keeps telling Esme that something's not right. Bonner's chatty, huggy club (Paging the Dead, 2013) returns to sort out family trees and solve murders at a leisurely pace that keeps this cozy from standing out—until what seems like a giveaway leads to a surprising climax.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661897
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: A Family History Mystery
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 592,129
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Brynn Bonner grew up in Alabama and lives in North Carolina. She was a working journalist, a high school teacher, a university instructor, and a full-time mother before beginning to write fiction. Both her literary fiction and mysteries frequently reflect the landscapes and the genuine people of her southern heritage—with an abiding emphasis on characters and their relationships to one another and to their place in the world. She has penned six novels writing as Ellen Harris. Her short stories have been featured in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Futures, Now and Then, Crossroads, and other publications.
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