Death Climbs A Tree

Death Climbs A Tree

by Sara Frommer

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BN ID: 2940157171179
Publisher: Sara Hoskinson Frommer
Publication date: 06/02/2017
Series: Joan Spencer Mysteries , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 487 KB

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Sara Hoskinson Frommer, a veteran of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s viola section, lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Death Climbs a Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Joan Spencer is miffed when, well into rehearsals, Sylvia Purcell tells her she can¿t play her violin in an upcoming concert by the Oliver (Indiana) City Symphony. Instead, Sylvia will be sitting atop a 70-foot tree as part of a protest against the construction of apartments in an ecologically sensitive area. Joan¿s son Andrew supports the protest, visiting Sylvia to bring her supplies. During one of Andrew¿s visits, accompanied by his mother, Sylvia falls to their feet, critically injured. When she dies, police at first consider it an accident. Then Joan finds an out-of-place Petoskey stone (found only in Petoskey MI) beneath the tree. The surface of the stone matches a bruise on Sylvia¿s body. Fingerprints on the stone belong to a man police believe committed an assault 15 years earlier ¿ and then completely disappeared. Joan is a busy woman, married to the police officer who¿s investigating Sylvia¿s murder. She¿s the manager and librarian for the symphony orchestra and holds a day job running the local senior center. But she still finds time to unofficially help her husband and do some snooping on her own.Death Climbs a Tree has a decent plot, nice enough characters, and a plausible reason (for a cozy) to have an amateur sleuth become involved with a murder investigation. But the writing bogs down in several spots, the plot moves too slowly even for my taste, and the heroine seems to go over and over the same ground. I was never truly engaged with the story and reading it eventually became a chore to be checked off the list. (Death Climbs a Tree might have suffered in comparison to the last mystery I read, a five-quill (highest rating) mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat start to finish.) First published in Mystery news, August-September 2005 issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan Spencer is the manager of the local civic symphony. Right before the big children¿s concert, Sylvia, who plays first violin in the symphony, tells Joan that she can¿t perform in the big concert because she¿ll be up a tree to protest a construction project that will remove a lot of trees. Joan¿s son Andrew assists in taking food and other items to Sylvia on a regular basis. Joan ends up helping him now and then. One day when they are delivering food to her, Sylvia comes crashing out of the tree. After her seventy-foot fall, she is unconscious and later dies. Andrew takes her place in the tree. Joan and her new husband Fred, a detective lieutenant in the local police force, can¿t talk him out of it. They aren¿t happy but hope he¿ll come to his senses soon. After Joan discovers evidence that Sylvia was murdered, she fears for Andrew¿s life. Plus she¿s still searching for a replacement first violinist for the concert and dealing with other issues in the symphony as well as at the senior center where she works. Can the killer be found and caught without Andrew being harmed? And can Joan stay unharmed as well? I had never read anything by this author before. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read others by her. Joan is such a great character. Her husband Fred, while he¿s a cop and gone a lot, he is also a great guy and portrayed well. I liked all the symphony members as well. Some of them were obnoxious, but they were supposed to be that way. The small town setting was wonderfully done. I highly recommend this book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Joan Spencer, manager of the Oliver Civic Symphony in Oliver, Indiana, is concerned that her first violinist Sylvia Purcell is sitting in a tree to obstruct Walcher Construction from a project that she feels is hostile to the environment. Joan¿s son Andrew, a junior at Oliver College, is one of those providing food to the protester........... When Sylvia falls out of the tree and dies at Andrew¿s feet it is discovered that she was murdered. Joan¿s husband police Lieutenant Fred Lundquist knows he must stay out of the official investigation because his stepson is a prime suspect, but that does not keep Joan from sleuthing as she sees others with motives like Tom Walcher who needed the project to remain on schedule or even the growing militant The Erath Freedom Fighters. One thing she believes is that her son would not harm Sylvia, who he recently met at college and admired................... Sara Hoskinson Frommer provides a fabulous amateur sleuth starring an intrepid woman who believes in her son¿s innocence in spite of the evidence, much of which she finds that affirms his guilt. The story line is action-packed as Joan ignores her spouse and conducts an investigation into who killed her first violinist only to find a lot of folks with motives and opportunity. Readers will enjoy this fine who-done-it because the heroine makes her inquiries seem desperately real especially as one clue after another enhances the case against her son.................... Harriet Klausner