Played to Death (Scott Drayco Series #1)

Played to Death (Scott Drayco Series #1)

by BV Lawson


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A Shamus Award Finalist and Named Best Mystery in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Still suffering nightmares from a case that ended tragically, brilliant freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. When a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town, he figures he'll arrange for a quick sale of the place while nursing his battered soul in a peaceful setting near the shore.

What he doesn't count on is finding a dead body on the Opera House stage with a mysterious "G" carved into the man's chest. With hopes for a quick sale dashed and himself a suspect in the murder, Drayco digs into very old and very dangerous secrets to solve the crime and clear his name. Along the way, Drayco must dodge a wary sheriff, hostility over coastal development, and the seductive wife of a town councilman-before the tensions explode into more violence and he becomes the next victim.

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Scott Drayco Thrillers in order:



"Worth putting on your reading list." - The Library Journal

"Lawson's protagonist is greatly compelling." - Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize

"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 and Short Reviews

"Lawson's book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end...The citizens of Cape Unity are as diverse and multi-layered as any person living in the large cities, and Lawson portrayed them splendidly." - Reader's Favorite 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." - Omnimystery News

"A nice tight mystery in a realistic setting. Totally enjoyable." - Terrie Farley Moran, national bestselling author of the Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series

"Now this story was close to brilliance...The plot was fast, dark and thrilling." -

All in all, an excellent read for lovers of quality mystery fiction." - Jacqueline Seewald, author of The Inferno Collection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990458210
Publisher: Crimetime Press
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Series: Scott Drayco Series , #1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Poet, author, blogger, and journalist BV Lawson grew up in rural East Tennessee, where she won a poetry competition at the age of 10 that spurred her interest in writing as a career. After a detour earning two degrees in music, she continued her passion for creative endeavors by writing feature articles and fiction for dozens of national publications. A three-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short stories, BV was also honored by the American Independent Writers and Maryland Writers Association for her Scott Drayco series. BV currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna.

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Played to Death 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
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
Slow moving but interesting
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
BV LAWSON is a terrific writer. Love his Draco books. BTW his short stories are plain fun. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific storyline with lots of characterisation and description! Will be ready more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the type of mystery I like -where I was actually surprised by the murderer 's identity. The musical aspect, as well as the description of the changes in the ethnic make-up of the town, causing many to assume that the new residents were responsible for the murders, added to the story. I'm always happy to discover a new author that I like -especially when it's through what was a free book for me . Glad to hear that there is already a second book in the Scott Draco series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with others that it was slow but I did finish it I had to know who did it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this!
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
We have a phrase here on the Eastern Shore - "comeheres" describe those who move to the Shore and never quite fit in. This book screamed "comehere". Nothing about the descriptions of the area or its people were accurate....not a single "locale" surname and not even the manner of speech. There is zero historical accuracy in an opera house ever existing on Virginia's Eastern Shore....and the way this narrative and its characters are presented would be much more accurate if the tale were situated in Northampton County, Pennsylvania at the Boyertown Opera House (see Jno. Jeffrey's Guide to Opera Houses...). The author's total lack of understanding in the differentiation between town, county and state government was sad. This book reeked of the condescending attitude of those from the Western Shore...who all too often seek our shore for weekend pleasure and in retirement.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
well written fantastic plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book
TheDownloader More than 1 year ago
And intriguing plot and exceptionally well written. I have lived in the area used as background for the book and found the descriptions of the geography and people to be well done. The author gave us a complex, and interesting character in Drayco and took the time to introduce us to his past, what made him the man he is today, and his thought processes. While some might think of the book as slow moving, it's really a result of excellent story-telling. I'm an avid reader, with nearly 3,000 books on my Nook and I consider this to be a book written by an author with a rich knowledge of words and how to use them, somewhat like the music that is part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Ready for next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and the story. Did not figure out who did it which is unusual for me. Enjoyed the quaint village and the colorful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads so far this year! I'm 50 or more books in and got thoroughly hooked on the characters and setting f this book! Keep up the great work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of who-done-it I throughly enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't try to ID culprit(s), just like to see how the characters develop. I like the ones in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was hard to follow, got confused with names- and referance to things that seamed to be thown in to try to seam more high brow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago