Frame Shop

Frame Shop

by Donald J. Bingle

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From its lurid, over-the-top prologue to its quirky addendum, Frame Shop delivers fun, intrigue, and variety to its readers, whether they are long-time mystery fans or aspiring writers attracted by its writers' group setting.

Harold J. Ackerman thinks his latest cat mystery proves he is the best writer in the Pleasant Meadows Writers� Guild and Critiquing Society, not that the motley assortment of poets, poseurs, and wannabe writers in the PMWGCS provides much competition. But then Gantry Ellis, the NYT best-selling author of the Danger McAdams mystery thrillers, joins the group and wows everyone. Still, Harold hopes to leverage his connection to the famous author into a big break, agreeing to help his mentor with some crime research between contentious critique sessions. Soon, though, his efforts lead to murder ... and then more murder.

Says B.R. Robb, author of both River Ghosts and An Assassinated Man: "Well now - that was a whole lot of fun! Don Bingle's Frame Shop is a book every reader needs now and then, like the tasty dessert of an easy-reading yet intelligent serio-comedy after forcing down the dry, heavy tome we were supposed to like."

Frame Shop is a 42,000 word mystery/thriller set in a writers' group. Unlike a traditional who-dunnit, Frame Shop mixes violence, humor, and occasional writing advice in a format that will keep mystery lovers, aspiring authors NaNoWriMo participants, and established writers turning the pages.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149991730
Publisher: 54-40' Orphyte Inc
Publication date: 12/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
File size: 299 KB

About the Author

Donald J. Bingle is an oft-published author of books, novellas, and shorter stories in the mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres, as well as a frequent panelist and author of articles on writing and writers' groups. He is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, GenCon Writer's Symposium, Origins Game Fair Library, and St. Charles Writers Group.

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Frame Shop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 7 months ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Frame Shop: Critiquing Another Writer Can Be Murder by Donald J. Bingle is a fascinating murder mystery. Harold Ackerman thinks he is a great writer, his latest Cat mystery is the best thing he has ever written but convincing the members of the Pleasant Meadows Writers Guild and Critiquing Society is not easy to do. The PMWGCS has an eclectic group of members and another is about to join them. Gantry Ellis, the writer of the Danger McAdams series, has the group falling at his feet and Harold wants more than his fair share of attention. Agreeing to help Ellis by meeting an informant for crime research work, Harold finds himself embroiled in more than one murder. Some things are never quite what they seem to be and Harold may just have gotten himself in too deep to get out. Frame Shop: Critiquing Another Writer Can Be Murder by Donald J Bingle was a great story. It has everything you could possibly want – murder, mayhem, quirky characters, humor and more, not to mention a unique plot set in a critiquing and writers group. It offers no small amount of writing advice that you can take to heart or ignore at your will and it will make you laugh out loud. If you have ever attended writing or critiquing classes or groups, you will find some of this very familiar indeed. The characters – what an eclectic group they are! You might find yourself rooting for some of them to start with but, as you turn the pages, you might just lose some of your empathy! This is a real page-turner, witty, full of action, twists, turns and violent prose. And it has a neat twist at the end – what more could you want? This is dark humor at its best, very easy to sink into and you won't want to put it down.
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
Pleasant Meadows Writers Guild and Critiquing Society, Harold, Bryce, Myrtle, Felicity, Carl, Bob, Minx and newbie Gantry, the members. Harold hooks up with Gantry to do research for him with Guy, the hitman. When the details of Guy's M.O. came up, they decided Harold should write the plot of the next hit framing someone else. It was successful, so Guy had Harold write for more hits. Although the plots worked perfectly, Harold still got criticism from the group. Bryce stumbled on an article in the paper about one of Harold's plots. Gantry did some research which led him to suspect Harold's involvement with several murders. Guy was tired of Harold's manipulation so this was going to be the last plot. Best laid plans....