Cory Goodwin and Lilah Darnell were rebels and comrades-in-arts at Mount Holyoke College. Now Cory's a Boston journalist and a discreet private sleuth, and Lilah's the trophy wife of wealthy science publisher Bruce Easton. The mystery is why Lilah, a talented sculptor leading a charmed life, is desperate for Cory to visit her waterfront Connecticut home. At the Eastons' posh Christmas party for A-list authors and staff, Cory spots a scoop. Harvard biologist Henry Howrigan is rumored to be involved in a brewing conflict--but with whom? Does Olive Chute hope to lure him away to run Chute Labs? Will rising star Jeff Abels edge him out? Is Jeff sleeping with Bruce's secretary? Is Bruce sleeping with Henry's editor, Melinda Doerr? Were any of them involved in the drowning last summer of Bruce's son? A blizzard strands the party overnight--including the drunk and uninvited Tony Cyr, Melinda's ex-husband and Bruce's ex-partner. When a string of nasty pranks turns fatal, it's up to Cory--daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin, and the group's only outsider--to trap the killer.
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About the Author
Carol Verburg is best known as an award-winning playwright, theatre directors, author of best-selling books, and longtime producer of original "entertainments" by the artist and writer Edward Gorey. She now lives in San Francisco, where she was launched into publishing many years ago by legendary editor Howard Boyer, to whom "Silent Night Violent Night" is dedicated. Her most recent books are "Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery" and the mini-bio "Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod: Puppets, People, Places, & Plots."
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Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Silent Night Violent Night Gossip and a good scoop is what makes Cory Goodwin’s blood pump and her keep her motor running. Deciding to venture our on a snowy night to attend a Christmas Party hosted by an old friend would prove to more hazardous than the storm. Not only that the end result would be more than getting a juicy scoop for her paper. Fifteen years between dinners is a long time and arriving at her destination is proving quite challenging for this reporter. Lilah Darnell Easton was her role model in college. Some have people they aspire to emulate while others seek their own paths in life. Cory wanted to be like Lilah who was smart, gorgeous and brilliant. Driving to this party she begins to reflect on the past while her car peters out in the present. Gas gauge on E and no one in sight she realizes that she’s in trouble. Windshield and tired covered in a blanket of snow, out there alone she needs something short of a miracle to get her where she needs to be. When out of nowhere a voice is heard and a stranger helps free her car but his identity remains unknown to Cory and the reader setting the tone for more than just a mystery. Moving to where the action begins we hear conversations from the past, we learn more about the phone call that was made to Cory by her friend asking her to attend this party, her reflections about Lilah’s life and her analysis of her husband Bruce. Reflecting on Bruce the picture painted would make even sharks in a tank swim in the opposite direction as the noun describing him is Piranha. Bruce is rich and Cory loves money. Trophy wife fits some women to a T. Cory loves gossip and her assessment of him is just the start of what has yet to come. Still wondering why she was asked to attend this party after so many years the greeting she receives lets the reader know that there is more to the invitation than the phone call revealed. Meeting Bruce Easton proves to be an experience that will chill you to the bone. Cold, hardnosed, calculating and definitely controlling you get the impression from the start that he manipulates and orchestrates Lilah’s every more. Just by listening to her conversation with Cory you can tell she is afraid of him in some respect that has yet to be revealed. As Lilah finally spills the truth about why she wanted Cory at this party while Cory cannot figure out what about her life is not perfect. A dinner party that seems rehearsed and mapped out the say Bruce wants it to be. Questions and remarks made by Lila, which he ignores. Self-absorbed and definitely into things that have yet to be unraveled and his connection to the VP of Communicore sounds unhealthy and her feelings of dread about a man named Tony Cyr revealed. As Lilah explains the history behind Communicore, her husbands involvement in handling the takeover of Caxton Press and turning into Communicore we meet more of the players in this story. Melinda Doerr the assistant editor and Henry Howrigan the guest of honor we learn more about Tony Cyr and his involvement in the publishing company. What we don’t learn is why Lilah feels that he has placed a curse on her and what exactly that means. Melinda and Henry arrive and things will certainly heat up or maybe create more of a chill. Lilah too thin, the other two definitely not as we hear the inner most real thoughts about everyone from Cory. Her descriptions are quite vivid as you can picture these two bulky individuals entering the house, the austere en
A wonderful peek into the world of publishing, and a skilled and unexpected solution. Good for bookish folks who have maybe had a fling at writing books. Waiting for next Verburg thriller.