Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare In The Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. DuncanMuch Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare In The Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare In The Catskills Mystery

byElizabeth J. Duncan

Hardcover | November 17, 2017

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The show ruthlessly goes on as costume designer-turned-amateur sleuth Charlotte Fairfax investigates the death of a disagreeable director in award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan's third Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery.Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the latest performance of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, Much Ado About Nothing . The company's steady growth enables them to cast star British actress Audrey Ashley, who arrives on scene to play the lead role of Beatrice. But things immediately get more complicated when Audrey insists the company replace the current director with new, up and coming British director Edmund Albright.Edmund plans to change the popular romantic comedy, which alienates several people associated with the production. And the list of people he upsets only grows: the laid off former director, the hotel owner's secretary, and even Audrey herself. Just as Edmund's plans are about to come to fruition, his body is discovered on his sofa, holding a gun in his hand. His death is quickly ruled a suicide but Charlotte thinks otherwise. Why would Edmund, on the brink of greatness, kill himself? And in such an American way?With a whole cast of characters to investigate, Charlotte is determined to unmask each one before it's final curtain call on the whole production in award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan's third Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery, Much Ado About Murder .
Elizabeth J. Duncan is the award-winning author of the beloved Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. A former editor and broadcaster in England, Elizabeth is currently an instructor at the Humber School for Writers in Ontario, Canada. This is her tenth mystery and her third Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery.
Title:Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare In The Catskills MysteryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:November 17, 2017Publisher:Crooked Lane BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1683313259

ISBN - 13:9781683313250


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Third book in series! Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the third tale in A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery series. Charlotte Fairfax is the costume designer for Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company in Walkers Ridge. They are getting ready to stage Much Ado About Nothing with British actress, Audrey Ashley. When Simon Dyer, the director, bails on them, Audrey recommends (insists) upon Edmund Albright. Albright decides to stage Much Ado About Nothing just after the Civil War much to Audrey’s (and many others) dismay. The day after a special dinner party, Albright is found dead in his bungalow. It looks like suicide, but Charlotte is not so sure. Albright had no reason to kill himself. Charlotte, with assistance from Paula Van Dusen, starts looking into Albright’s life to discover what could have gotten him killed. Can Charlotte uncover the truth before the curtain rises on Much Ado About Nothing? Much Ado About Murder is easy to read and can be read as a standalone. I did find the pace a little slow and the book lacks substance. The mystery was straightforward (aka simple) and the killer easily identified (I knew the person’s identity before the body was found). One clue is all that is needed (if that) to figure out the culprit. I did find the secondary mystery of Maxine’s admirer to be more entertaining. I felt that more of the book was devoted to Charlotte’s, dog, Rupert than to the mystery. There are few details on the characters. I was curious as to why Paula Van Dusen is always referred to as Paula Van Dusen. I wanted more substance and less filler (or fluff). If you are looking for a light cozy mystery (with emphasis on cozy), then you will like reading Much Ado About Murder.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series I really enjoy this series and this latest offering did not disappoint. The cast of characters are engaging and the whodunit is first rate. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Date published: 2017-10-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Much Ado About Murder :An enticing setting and diverse characters make this latest return to the Catskills a pleasure." - Kirkus Reviews "Sprightly... Charming." - Publishers Weekly "[ Much Ado About Murder ] vividly captures the cutthroat world of the theater... [with a] likable sleuth." - Library Journal "In this third in the series, Duncan brings her delightful characterizations, intelligent plotting, and always-interesting theatrical frame to the Catskills. It all adds up to another opening-night success." - Booklist "Outstanding... a 'must read' for all dedicated mystery buffs and would be an enduringly popular addition to community library mystery/suspense collections." - Midwest Book Review Praise for Ill Met by Murder :"Duncan fans are sure to enjoy this cozy." - Publishers Weekly on Ill Met by Murder "Creative, delightful... These Shakespeare mysteries are going to be a whole lot of fun to follow." - Suspense Magazine "A great gift to find under the tree this Christmas." - Noir Journal on Ill Met by Murder "