When Charlotte Fairfax, costume designer for the Catskill Shakespeare Theater Company, discovers a body murdered the night before their wealthy benefactor's daughter's wedding, she decides she must investigate in Ill Met by Murder , the second in Elizabeth J. Duncan's charming and acclaimed mystery series.
About the Author
Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two mystery series, the Penny Brannigan mysteries and the Shakespeare in the Catskills series. Her works have won the Minotaur Books / Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and have been short-listed for the Agatha Award, Arthur Ellis Award, and the Bony Blithe Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ill Met by Murder (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #2) takes us back to Jacobs Grand Hotel in the Catskills, where the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company is presenting the bard's A Midsummer's Night Dream as part of a rehearsal wedding evening. Things go smoothly (except for a missing donkey head....) until one of the guests is found murdered the next morning, and once again Charlotte Fairfax is in the thick of things! A quick pace, and as much as I loved the first book in the series, Untimely Death, I really, really enjoyed this story. Even though at the end the mystery is solved and the murderer is apprehended, I like the way the Ms. Duncan sets the stage (pun intended!!!) for the next book in the series, Much Ado About Murder, which as I write this review hasn't been released yet. Very nice cozy read, I like the camaraderie among the recurring characters. Highly recommend! :-)
Title: Ill Met by Murder - Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery Book 2 Author: Elizabeth J.Duncan Published: 12-13-2016 Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781629537696 ASIN: B01I1ZG6SU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.50 Stars I received a copy of "Ill Met By Murder" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description from the Publisher: It’s the most important night of the year for costume designer Charlotte Fairfax and the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company--the annual fund raising performance at the country estate of the wealthy widow Paula Van Dusen. This year, the company will give a moonlight performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the wedding celebrations for Paula's daughter, Belinda, and her fiance Adrian. But then Hugh Hedley, family friend of the Van Dusens and Adrian's rival in the cutthroat world of high-end Manhattan real estate, is found murdered with a stolen prop from the play. Paula, desperate to keep her daughter’s name of out of the paper, enlists Charlotte's help, despite the fact that Charlotte's already got her hands full amidst her costume design responsibilities and finding a home for the company's new theater school. But Charlotte nevertheless throws herself into an investigation of shady business deals, a missing dog, and long buried family secrets because "though she be but little, she is fierce!" Ill Met by Murder, the second in Elizabeth J. Duncan's compelling mystery series, will satisfy every Shakespeare and mystery lover alike My review of "Ill Met by Murder": Charlotte Fairfax returns once again to become involved with a murder, but was Hugh Hedley the intended victim? Charlotte and the other characters are strong, bold and well developed. Add to that Elizabeth Duncan's fast paced plot with multiple threads such as Charlotte's plans to open a school and search for a location. The clues are peppered through out the story but Ms. Duncan does not make it easy for the reader to solve the mystery. You will be kept guessing from beginning to the exciting and surprising reveal. If you enjoy a few hours of escapism into the world of lighter mysteries, then "Ill Met by Murder is guaranteed to take you away from the grind into the world of Charlotte Fairfax. Get to know her and her friends. I'll bet you'll want to return often to visit and catch up. My rating is 4.50 out of 5 stars.