Played to Death: A Scott Drayco Mystery

Played to Death: A Scott Drayco Mystery

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by BV Lawson
     
 

Named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and 2015 Shamus Award finalist for Best Indie P.I. Novel

A body in a rundown Opera House.
Simmering resentment in a small Virginia coastal town.
A missing manuscript.
A dark family secret.

Crime consultant and former classical pianist Scott Drayco reluctantly finds himself on

Overview

Named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and 2015 Shamus Award finalist for Best Indie P.I. Novel

A body in a rundown Opera House.
Simmering resentment in a small Virginia coastal town.
A missing manuscript.
A dark family secret.

Crime consultant and former classical pianist Scott Drayco reluctantly finds himself on Virginia’s Delmarva Peninsula in Cape Unity, a dilapidated fishing village where vacation homes once provided a playground for the rich. In the center of town rises an imposing Opera House recently bequeathed by a grateful client to Drayco, whose hopes of a quick sale are soon dashed by the ambitions of townspeople looking for civic rebirth and a new client with dreams of his own personal redemption.

When the client is murdered in the Opera House, the letter “G” mockingly carved into his chest, Drayco, assisted by the local Sheriff and his attractive Deputy, navigates a maze of illicit love affairs, hostility over immigration and coastal development and a vendetta reaching across the Atlantic into some of the darkest days of human history. Along the way Drayco must overcome doubts about his own past that cost the lives of two innocent children on his last case - before the tensions in Cape Unity explode into more violence, and he becomes the next victim.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:

"The storyline here is nicely structured, and creatively ties together two murder mysteries, which occurred decades apart. The small town setting is ideal, the lead character engaging, and the supporting cast interesting and diverse. Overall, a solid start to this series." - Omnimystery News

"Lawson uses the gothic features of the abandoned Opera House to great effect, creating an atmospheric background for the crimes and the solving of them, all of it accompanied with music that’s almost like another character. The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long & Short Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045635790
Publisher:
BV Lawson
Publication date:
07/12/2014
Series:
Scott Drayco , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,101
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Past career hats BV Lawson tried on include maid, super-speedy typist, classical musician, radio announcer, being in TV commercials (for all of one day), research assistant, TV features writer and working for the Discovery Channel. Now a full-time freelance writer, she's penned articles for various publications and won awards for her many published stories and poems. Thanks to the influence of library genes handed down from her mother, she created the blog In Reference to Murder which contains over 3,000 links for mystery readers and writers. She's working on a series of crime fiction novels set in various locations in and around the mid-Atlantic, and when time permits, BV and her husband enjoy flying over Northern Virginia and the Chesapeake in a little putt-putt plane. Visit BV via her web site, bvlawson.com. No ticket required

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Played to Death: A Scott Drayco Mystery 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow moving but interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read more! What an engaging story. I went back and forth wondering "who done it"! A great character in Drayco, strength, courage and still some weaknesses. I would encourage everyone to read these novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters especially Scott Drayco. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not figure this out. Kept me guessing to the very end. Want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but and likeable main character, but for some reason it was drudgery to get through. I don't know what made it feel that way, but i kept wanting to quit. Only finished it because I wanted to see who-done-it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I freqently read two or three books at the same time; kind of like watching/following two or three TV shows. I tend to go back, more often, to the book that has more happening (plot and character development) per chapter. Things moved way too slowly, and finishing it became a chore. The only thing bringing me back was wondering how the author was going finally connect all these characters. So the story was good, but lacked the occasional firecracker to propel you into the next chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the main character. Kept me guessing. I am interested in othet books by this author.
DaUgh 1 days ago
not too bad. a little drawn out in my opinion.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
I had trouble putting this story down. A good mystery that took me quite awhile to figure out who the killer was. I must admit the entire motive and ending did have a few surprises for me. I like the character interactions Drayco had with the Sheriff, Maida, the historian and Nelia. My least favorite interactions were with Darcie Squier. I am looking forward to reading my next Scott Drayco mystery to see if he becomes a series character I continue to seek out and buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow but good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got confused with character names at times. Most of the time someone was called by their last name. Then many chapters later the author used their first name and I had trouble matching it up to the last name. Maybe it is just me getting bored in places and not listening carefully? Yes I can read and think about something else at the same time and so I don't get the whole story because my mind was wondering. The only thing that kept me reading was wanting to know who done it, which was not revealed til the last chapter. I felt that some things were not explained to us, the audience, but left in the minds for 2 Characters. They got a clear picture but the readers didn't get all of that explained in a nice recap. I felt cheated. Glad it was free.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is an amazing book. Highly enjoyed how this played out. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the pace and mystery!! Being from VA it was intrigruing.
nancy133 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. I like Drayco's character. The plot did move a bit slowly; needed a couple of surprises or such to keep me coming back. Will look for future stories with Scott Drayco.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A former concert pianist turned detective inherits an old opera house and soon becomes involved with solving several murders. The story was slow to start but improved enough to make a reasonable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd love to stay at the guesthouse with this cast of characters: quirky, *real* people. I can only hope it was the transfer to electronics that somehow lost all of the verb tenses to allow only simple past ~ disconcerting, to say the least .....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago