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Guest Review & Giveaway: Moon Games by Shelly Frome

20 Mar

Moon Games by Shelly FromeMoon Games by Shelly Frome

Publisher:  Milford House Press (August 4, 2018)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Female Sleuth, Murder Mystery, Supernatural, Small-town Police Procedural
Tour dates: Mar-Apr, 2019
ISBN: 978-1620061848
Available in Print and ebook, 264 pages

Moon Games

 

 

 

Description 

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing coed, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible.  The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to unravel.

 

 

Guest Review by Katy

I’ve just recently discovered Shelly Frome and have been working my way through his back catalog of books so that I can read them all. I love his writing style, his attention to detail and his clever dialog and descriptions. What a talent this man has for story telling and plotting. I feel like all of his books pull me in from the first page and don’t let go till the last! And this one was no different, of course.

 ‘Moon Games’ begins with the exciting pretense that a young girl has gone missing in the Carolina mountains. Miranda Davis is probably not the first person you’d select to go on a search for a missing person. For one thing, she’s a realtor and for another, she’s funny and somewhat scattered. Hardly a seasoned detective who deals with these sorts of things all the time. But she gets pulled into the mystery in much the same way that the reader does, and eventually she agrees to go up to the mountain with her partner, Harry, to have a look. However, there are some suspicious clues about the missing girl that don’t add up. Why was a strange tarot card shoved under the door of a local church lady? Who is the huge, hulking man they see on the mountain, and is he carrying the body of a woman? These are the kinds of questions that had me guessing till the last page.

I love a good mystery and, once again, Shelly Frome delivers just that. I highly recommend this book to all mystery fans like myself or anyone who enjoys a compelling, quick read. I can’t wait to read what Shelly Frome has in store for his next book! I feel like I’m becoming a huge fan of his as I go! ‘Moon Games’ gets 5 stars from me!

 

 

Praise 

“’Moon Games’ is an exceptional novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the book, Miranda Davis who lives in a quaint town in Carolina, and it is here that she has a business. The reader will follow Miranda as she is approached by Cloris Raintree, a church leader who offers Miranda help in exchange for her help in finding a girl who went missing. As Miranda investigate the strange disappearance, more shocking truths are revealed and this book lovers is the premise of the sensational Moon Games.

The themes combined and laced throughout Moon Games perfectly compliment the atmosphere of the book and story.  As I read Moon Games, I found myself racing through it, turning the pages with haste thanks to the addictive nature. The story is unique and has the perfect combination of crime, suspense, and mystery which are all perfectly weaved together by the exceptional author.

Every event, character, and setting is well thought out and planned. Shelly Frome’s writing is detailed in the most immaculate of ways. It is beautifully written so that the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the story from beginning to end without difficulty.

Miranda is a character every reader will be able to root for, her grit and determination to not give up on the case is inspiring and will have many readers care about her. Being able to accompany Miranda on her journey was incredible, it was remarkable to witness her growth along the way and extraordinary to observe how she goes about solving the mystery and troubling situations she was faced with

Frome is an exceptional writer because he grabs his readers attention from the start very quickly and keeps them engrossed until the end. There are no long build-ups that drag in Moon Games; instead, the reader will be thrown into the thick of the story quickly, and the result of this is exciting (and slightly terrifying!).

Overall Moon Games is a superb novel that has everything a reader would want in a story; it has a thrilling narrative, magnificent plot development and excellent characterization that will thrill and excite its readers so of course, I have to award this impressive piece of literature five stars!”-  Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover

“’Moongames’, the eighth mystery by respected author, Shelly Frome, covers a week around Halloween where a coed from a local college goes missing during a hike along the historic Southern Railway tracks that climb the Blue Ridge Escarpment over the Eastern Continental Divide, and the only one who seems to care is a frustrated real estate saleswoman, who must become her own detective agency if this girl is to be found alive.
Frome creates a series of colorful characters who are drawn into this quest, most against their wills, but who, never-the-less, contribute their own special talents to what would ultimately prove to be a race to the finish, with more hairpin turns along the way than the drive along the Amalfi Coast. The famous “Malecon” drive along Havana’s Atlantic shore even plays an important role in the ultimate outcome of this complicated, yet gripping tale of revenge, regret, and greed, with a dash of the Zodiac (thus the Moon) thrown in for good measure.”-       R. V. Helms, Amazon Review

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

20 Nov

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Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

Publisher:  Boutique of Quality Books (September 1, 2018)
Category: Transatlantic Cozy, Cozy Mystery
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1945448201
Available in Print and ebook, 339 pages
Secluded Village Murders

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Description

Written in the style of a classic English Mystery with a contemporary young American woman as the amateur sleuth. Entertaining. Keeps you guessing until the end.

From a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was an accident.

For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fatal early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It’s labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions over Chris Cooper’s death. For Emily, if Chris hadn’t been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn’t fit.

As Emily heads across the pond for a prescheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor… she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.

Note: This book is a  totally revamped version of “The Twinning Murders” with a different publisher.  It is quite different from ‘The Twinning Murders’.  You should enjoy this book even more!  

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Guest Review by Betty B.

A small New England village. A suspicious death. A woman who believes it was a murder. These are elements to the story of ‘The Secluded Village Murders’ that combine to make it a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Emily is a tour guide who witnesses the falling death of a beloved friend and suspects that it might have been a murder. But what’s that old saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat’? Emily quickly becomes embroiled in a mystery where the stakes are high and the perpetrator has already proven they have a penchant for murder. I enjoyed this a lot and plan to list it as one of my top 2018 reads at the end of the year. The writing was great, the characterization was solid (I particularly loved Emily for her determination and intelligence) and the mystery was gripping and kept me guessing until the end.

This was the kind of book that I felt like I could only put down when I absolutely had to and that if I did, I’d be thinking about it until I had the time to pick it up again. If this isn’t part of a series, it should be. I’d love to dive back into Emily’s world again and solve another mystery.

I don’t want to give away the ending, because that’s practically sacrilege in the mystery-reader world, but I will say that it was not what I expected at all. Normally I figure out the truth behind the mystery about halfway through the book as I’m reading but this one threw me for a loop in the best way. I would love to read more by this author in the future. I felt like his writing and atmosphere were pitch perfect and truly brought me into the story, making the reading experience what it should be. Five stars for sure!

 

 

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Praise for Twinning Murders by Shelly Frome

“There is a very eclectic cast of characters in this novel and the story reads fast. I enjoyed reading this mystery and I found that I was surprised at the ending. This is a story basically about money and greed.”-Kathleen Kelly, Celticlady Reviews

“Shelly Frome does a great job of creating an interesting murder mystery around a hennas crime committed in a small New England village. He then takes it all the way across “The Pond” to England where he beautifully captured the essence of Dartmoor National Park and the moorlands of Devon. From the village fete to the sudden fog that can devour you upon The Moor, Shelly Frome creates a wonderful atmosphere in which to add intrigue and mystery.
The story twists and turns and creates an interesting confluence of red herrings, doubts and suspicions until the end when you will be, as they say, “Gob smacked!” at who the murderer turns out to be.
This book was fun and scary and full of great characters one of which is a wonderful golden retriever. Twinning Murders will give you a dose of a good old fashion murder mystery with a surprise ending.”- Me Minty, Amazon Review

“Technically The Twinning Murders can be called a cozy as the profanity and violence are extremely minimal, the latter taking place primarily off-stage, and Emily is most definitely an amateur sleuth. Author Shelly Frome has also populated The Twinning Murders, on both sides of the Atlantic, with a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters. Unlike the cozies many readers are probably familiar with, however, The Twinning Murders has a genuine old fashioned, Agatha Christie-Miss Marple, British mystery feel to it, even though the bulk of the action takes place in Connecticut.”-Elizabeth  A. White, elizabethwhite.com

“If you enjoy playing detective, this book was written for you. As you venture along you’ll be entertained by folksy New England characters in contrast to the British blokes who serve up their own style of wit and smarts. Enjoy this reading excursion and see if you can figure
out who done it and why! Well, Shelly Frome has done it again! He has set the scene and pace for an exhilarating chase through England and back to America.”- Herbert Siegel, Amazon Review

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About Shelly FromeSecluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and writes monthly profiles for Gannett Media.

His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of nonfiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Website: http://www.shellyfrome.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shellyfrome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shellyFrome

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Giveaway 

This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book.  Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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