Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?

Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?

by Gale Martin


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Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? by Gale Martin

In Gale Martin's newest novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-old rest home receptionist with a pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones. Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a red-hot love relationship, like those she's read about in romance novels. Following an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an available, young impersonator with more looks and personality than talent. Though he's knocked out of the contest, he's still in the running to become Ellie's blue-eyed soul mate-until he's accused of killing off the competition. It's not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she enlists some wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real murderer. Will Ellie crack the case? Must she forfeit her best chance for lasting love to solve the crime?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620151976
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 01/16/2014
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

GALE MARTIN is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife. In 2011 Booktrope Editions published her debut novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, a humorous backstage story about an opera company trying to stage Don Giovanni, which was named a “Best Kindle Book of 2013” by Digital Book Today. GRACE UNEXPECTED (2012) features a professional woman with a heart of fool’s gold, who unexpectedly gets entangled in a love triangle. She regrets never having the chance to thrown a single unmentionable at Tom Jones or one of his tribute artists. She has an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University. You can find out more about her at her website: galemartin.me.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoping for a good escape, I found just what I needed with Gale Martin's Who Killed Tom Jones. I laughed out loud at the playful descriptions of tribute artists–not impersonators–and the fans attending Tom Jones festivals. I cheered for Ellie Overton, the delightful protagonist who tries to solve the 'who done it' while looking for love and raising the spirits of the assisted-living residents at her workplace. Gale Martin writes with humor and warmth about her characters. The cozy mystery of Who Killed Tom Jones left me with a pleasant satisfaction, yet eager for the arrival of her next book.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? by Gale Martin, Ellie Overton had given up all hopes of ever finding a man at age 28. All this changed when she decided to attend a Tom Jones impersonation festival where she met her high school friend, Happy, who introduced her to Evan. When Happy's husband is murdered, Evan is the main suspect after Ellie walks in on him holding the murder weapon. The events that follow the murder are beyond anything Ellie could have ever have imagined. She is desperate to help Evan prove his innocence. She suddenly finds herself engrossed in a dilemma beyond all her wildest imagination with three really incredible men interested in her: Evan, the main suspect in the murder, Donny, Happy's brother and Levy, the lead detective in the murder investigation.  And the true identity of the murderer is a surprise beyond anyone's best guess.  Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? by Gale Martin is a suspense-filled story with an excellent mix of drama, intrigue, and humor, resulting in a captivating read. The mix of characters, from the interesting residents of the Finger Rest Home to the men in Ellie's triangle, harmonize with each other perfectly. Gale Martin created a main character with enough drama in her life to keep you reading on and a personality that is so easy to relate to that she fully pulls you into her world as you read. The mix of the drama and mystery plus the simple things like humorous names add an extra thrill to the story without taking away from the main plot. It is a skillfully written story with so many surprising twists I never saw coming and an ending that I could never have imagined.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite Get to know Ellie Overton, a 28-year-old nursing home receptionist who loves singer Tom Jones. Although his singing is not fashionable, Ellie doesn't mind. She has an old-fashioned heart along with a heart-shaped face. She is drawn to a Tom Jones tribute artist competition at the local festival. Tom Jones channeled the deep voice and gyrating hips of Elvis Presley with hits like She's A Lady or What's New Pussycat. His masculine voice, open shirt and tight pants are Ellie's fantasy as she waits and waits for Mr. Right. Gale Martin in Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? brings together elements of quirky humor, romantic longing and grisly murder. The residents of the Finger nursing home keep Ellie on her toes. She takes some of the dear but annoying residents with her to the festival so that she can go on a blind date. Suddenly, a scream pierces the night.... Gale Martin has a sincere affection for Tom Jones and the fantasy that he represents. The lighthearted and campy approach doesn't erase the respect that she has for her characters. The humor is obvious sometimes. Mr. Hand calls Ellie at the Finger nursing home about a problem that Mrs. Hand is having with her toes. You get the idea. Ellie is familiar to all of us. She may even remind us of ourselves. She is waiting for her prince to come but she dreams about him rather than taking action. Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? by Gale Martin captures the attention of the reader like Tom himself with lusty and entertaining fun.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? is a cozy mystery written by Gale Martin. The main character of the story, Ellie Overton, feels that life has passed her by. It's been 10 years since she finished high school, and the man of her dreams has yet to appear. Ellie works as a receptionist and lives in at the Finger Center, a senior home, in a small town in Pennsylvania. When she hears of the local Tom Jones Festival, Ellie wonders if there's a Tom Jones impersonator who could be her destined soul-mate. Tom Jones has had a place in Ellie's heart since she was a child and first heard him sing. Ellie gets the evening off from the senior home to go to the semi-finals of the competition. She meets her old school friend, Happy, who just happens to be married to one of the hottest impersonators. Happy promises to introduce Ellie to an impersonator at the following evening's show. Evan seems like everything Ellie hoped for until she sees him standing over the dead body of Flip, Happy's husband. Aided by some plucky residents and the handyman of the Finger Center, Ellie sets out to prove Evan's innocence and find the murderer. Once I started reading Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?, I was quickly immersed in this engaging mystery. First, there's the pageantry and drama of the Tom Jones contest mixed with Ellie's romantic notions gained through many nights spent reading bodice-rippers. Then there's the great cast of characters living at the Finger Senior Home, from the crotchety and unpleasant Mrs. Hand to the elegant Mrs. Peachey and the delightfully lecherous Mr. Harvey -- they are all marvelous additions to the plot as Ellie's assistant sleuths and cheering squad. Add in the sudden appearance of not one, but three possible love interests, and the excitement in Ellie's life seems to have outmatched that in her wildest romance novels. Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? is clever and beautifully orchestrated and a very entertaining read indeed.
MHJohnston More than 1 year ago
Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’? is a fun and exciting book. I was drawn in from the first chapter. I immediately liked Ellie, the main character, as well as the older folks she cares for at the Finger Rest Home. The characters are well developed, fun and quirky. There are twists and turns that keep the reader guessing who really murdered the Tom Jones impersonator. I was intrigued to finally find out which of Ellie’s new and unexpected love interests she chooses. The storyline flowed with many laugh-out-loud moments along the way. I would absolutely recommend this book along with Gale Martin’s other books, Grace Unexpected and Don Juan in Hankey, PA. I was anxious to read this book, after having read Gale’s first two novels. Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’? lived up to my expectations. I’m definitely a fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable book. It is a funny, quirky story about a 28 year-old woman who has little ambition  to do anything more with her life than she is already doing. She is happy and content being who she is. Ellie seems to have been born in the wrong era. And she has created a safe world for herself to live in. Attending a local Tom Jones Tribute Artist Festival seems like it will be wildly fun, and then the unthinkable happens. All of the characters in the book are unique and enjoyable. The descriptions of the people and the action add to the entertainment. And the author is pretty darn clever with her word choices. I was laughing out loud at some of the names and what was happening in the story.  Highly recommend this book for the beach, a long flight, a sick day in bed, or as a spirit-lifter. Or just read it anytime!!!
flipperlover55 More than 1 year ago
I received a Kindle copy of this book from Tiffany M. White (Booktrope Publishing) with the understanding that I would write an honest review of the book when I was finished. I LOVED this book! It pulled me in right from the beginning with a suspenseful and mysterious storyline. I also found the humor to be wonderful and in just the right amount. I agree with some of the other reviewers, the cover threw me off a bit. But after reading the book, I understand the quirky cover. I loved how the story flowed. I was enthralled by the residents of the Finger Rest Home and would love to read other books featuring Mr. Harvey, Mrs. Peachey, Mrs. Hand and even Mr. Finger in them. Ellie is a fresh change from the normal heroine in romantic books. She has really got a thing for tight pants and puffy shirts! I also found it sexy that her romantic interest (Marc Levy) had an old time charm about him in the sense that he opened her car door and ordered her meal for her. Made my heart skip a beat! I was engaged and entertained from start to finish! I would highly recommend that you give this book a chance. I have went and added Gale Martin's other books to my list of books that I must read! I look forward to more from this talented, unique and funny author.
toni-michelle More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by Tiffany White in exchange for an honest review.  A friend had suggested I read it although it’s not the type of book I usually read.  When I saw the cover, I was instantly dreading agreeing to read it buy I started it anyway, reluctantly. From the very first paragraph I was drawn in and immediately enjoying the story. I was quite shocked after the first chapter that I was actually enjoying the story and found it hard to put down to get some sleep. I absolutely loved the book and would recommend giving it a shot. I really think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.  What they say is true: Don’t judge a book by its cover. To me the cover looked dull but the story was anything but!  Absolutely great read!