Review: Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery, by Elizabeth J. Duncan. Crooked Lane Books.

Description (from NetGalley)


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.


My Review:


I find this is the third book in a series, but this is the first that I have read. The setting is refreshingly different–I’m afraid I knew very little about the Catskills so I have expanded my horizons a little while being entertained. I love the theatrical setting, and also that the characters are a bit more mature. I’m going to have to look at the earlier books in this series!

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.


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