Judy Penz Sheluk’s short fiction has appeared in literary publications and anthologies, including "The Whole She-Bang 2" and "World Enough and Crime." She also contributed to "Bake Love Write," a dessert cookbook featuring recipes from 105 authors. In addition to writing mysteries, Judy works as a freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry; her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications. Past editorial responsibilities have included the roles of Senior Editor, "Northeast Art & Antiques," and Editor, "Antiques and Collectibles Showcase." She is currently the Editor of "Home Builder Magazine," and the Senior Editor for "New England Antiques Journal." Judy is also a Professional member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime — Guppies, Sisters in Crime — Toronto, and Crime Writers of Canada. You can find out more about Judy on her website at www.judypenzsheluk.com and sign up for her quarterly newsletter. She can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads, or on her Amazon author page.
The Hanged Man's Noose: A Glass Dophin Mysteryby Judy Penz Sheluk
Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount's Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for
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Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.
Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount's Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven's plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town's historic Main Street.
But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily's journalistic suspicions are aroused.
Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven's latest scheme before the murderer strikes again.
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Journalist Emily Garland gets a coveted assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in the small town of Lount’s Landing. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. One of them is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street. When suspicious deaths occur, Emily determines to unravel the truth together with her new friend Arabella. Things are not always what they seem – this is an apt way to describe how I feel about The Hanged Man's Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk. Fellow mystery fans would find this whodunit novel from Sheluk a cozy one. I can easily imagine it as an enjoyable mystery TV drama. Her characters are engaging; protagonist Emily is a level-headed, intelligent, tough girl, who also has some moments of weakness, with her intriguing back story about her mother’s death. I did feel that the number of characters was too many in the beginning, but everything tied up well in the end. Sheluk’s prose brings the setting of Lount’s Landing to life in the most vivid way possible. The plot is intricate and well-executed. It will have mystery fans poring over each clue diligently in order to figure out the perpetrator. All in all, this is a solid and engrossing debut for Glass Dolphin Mysteries.