Prohibition might be over, but life in Marjorie McClelland’s small, depression-era Connecticut town is still quiet. Filled with nosy neighbors and plenty of gossip, the mystery writer finds it’s the perfect place to create her bestselling tales of murder.
Happy with her solitary life, Marjorie’s world is suddenly turned on end with the arrival of Creighton Ashcroft, a wealthy British heir who has set his sights on the pretty Marjorie. During what he hopes will be an intimate get-together, the two are shocked to discover a body on his new estate. With Marjorie’s nose for mystery, they soon embark on an investigation to unearth a killer, only to learn that the mansion’s sordid past is far deeper and darker than either of them imagined.
When the corpses start piling up and a handsome detective is assigned to the case—catching Marjorie’s eye and Creighton’s ire—the three must work together to unravel a web of decadent deceit before they become victims themselves.
If only Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart were still alive. They would be fabulous in the movie version of Meade’s debut Marjorie McClelland mystery, a romantic caper redolent with the campy atmosphere of the madcap 1940s films that made these stars icons.Meade’s kickoff mystery is a winner. — Booklist
If you yearn for an old-fashioned 1930s mystery, look no further than this debut title in a new series. First-time novelist Meade has written a traditional mystery in a style reminiscent of Rae Foley and Mignon Eberhart. — Library Journal
A vintage-style mystery that will have readers looking for the resolution of Marjorie’s romantic entanglements in the sequel.—Kirkus
When a man goes up the Ferris wheel very much alive, but comes down dead, local small-town police suspect a heart attack. But one person is calling it foul play, a Miss Marjorie McClelland, full-time mystery writer/part-time sleuth. In 1935, Depression-era Connecticut, Marjorie’s dogged determination and independence is a breath of fresh air to some, and a source of consternation for others.
Marjorie’s fiancé, an achingly handsome police detective, wishes she’d just stay home and act a little more ladylike. Undeterred, blonde and lovely Marjorie charms her way into what becomes a full-scale murder investigation. But not without the maddening assistance of a bored, yet altruistic, millionaire, Creighton Ashcroft, who, when he’s not swapping barbs with Marjorie, tries to impress her by doing a bit of aristocratic snooping on his own.
The plot has all the Agatha Christie hallmarks of twists, turns and dead ends that are needed for an effective murder mystery. The characters are believable: sixteen-year-old Herbert Nussbaum, with his ambitions to become a criminologist being one of the most original, along with overweight Miss Schutt, who is hunting for a husband. Creighton Ashcroft is particularly endearing, especially in his willingness to part with a one-dollar bill to buy twenty kisses from a young blonde woman whom he assumes is the object of his affections.
This novel, which is the second in the series, will undoubtedly be welcomed both by readers who enjoy novels set in the 1930s and murder mystery lovers.
Ghost of a Chance is packed with more than the average set of clues and requisite dead body. Amy Patricia Meade has written a mystery full of suspects, one motive after another, and lots of red herrings. Add to the mix humor and a love triangle and you’ve got a winning combination.
“Did he or didn’t he?” is the question in this third vintage mystery set during the Great Depression and starring the strong-willed and independent Marjorie McClelland. Newly betrothed and looking forward to the future, wealthy Englishman Creighton Ashcroft and mystery author Marjorie would like nothing better than to enjoy some quiet time in which to write about their adventures and plan their impending nuptials. Fate has different plans for the couple when a young mother shows up on Marjorie’s doorstep asking for help to find her missing husband. Accepting the case, Marjorie and Creighton are led to an abandoned house and the dismembered body of the husband’s mistress. When the husband is convicted of murder, Marjorie feels a nagging doubt that he might not have been guilty. Can her fiancé keep Marjorie’s sleuthing nature under wraps or will he be willing to jump in and help her solve another mystery?
Mystery writer Marjorie McClelland took the plunge and eloped with the very charming Creighton Ashcroft. Their new marriage and honeymoon are smooth sailing until the cruise ship they’re on leaves Marjorie seasick. When the two debark and head to a private island owned by Creighton’s family, they come face-to-face with the shock of their lives: Creighton’s family is in residence.
Worst among the brood is Creighton’s abrasive father, who insults everyone, including his own wife, his entire family and staff, and most of all Marjorie and Creighton. When the boorish and menacing old man is found dead, nobody sheds a tear, but all eyes turn to Creighton as the most likely suspect.
With the members of the household the only people on the island, finding the real killer should be a fairly straightforward job, but as Marjorie digs deeper and uncovers multiple motives and family turmoil, she might find that while blood is thicker than water, it spills much more easily.
With great aplomb, Marjorie ferrets out the truth in a traditional whodunit that boasts nary a dull moment.
Despite the murder on a private island, the fourth of Marjorie’s amusing pre–World War II adventures (Shadow Waltz, 2008, etc.) is more Nick and Nora than Agatha Christie.
“A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery that takes its audience dancing into a bygone era.”
—Midwest Book Review
This whodunit has a well constructed plot and has just the right amount of oddball characters to make you wonder who the killer is until the very end. It’s a light fun read and will prove a pleasant diversion.
In bucolic small-town Vermont, tapestries expert Stella Thornton Buckley feels out of her element―and not just because she’s fresh from Manhattan. Mere hours after moving to maple syrup country, she and her husband, Nick, find a dead man, Allen Weston, in a well on their property. The police investigation forces the couple out of their lovely vintage farmhouse and―since the motels are packed with leafpeepers―into a less than luxurious deer camp. Instead of mourning the loss of electricity and running water, Stella and Nick drive their Smart car all over the Vermont hamlet to question the quirky locals about Weston, a shrewd businessman who rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way.
Stella and Nick may never shed their flatlander reputation in this close-knit community, but can they get enough information from the taciturn townspeople to help Sheriff Mills solve the murder and sew up the investigation?
The next installment in Amy Patricia Meade’s Vermont series takes classic mystery high-tech!
When US Forest Ranger, Nick Buckley, is invited to the Creator’s Cavalcade to present his employer’s environmental initiatives, his wife, Stella, sees the science and technology driven event – which takes place on the grounds of a luxurious nineteenth century estate – as a holiday from the drudgeries of new homeownership and small-town life. However, when the Cavalcade’s Founder and Director, Philip Morehouse, is found dead in his bed of an apparent heart attack and the inventor of geodesic yurt housing is discovered bludgeoned to death, it quickly becomes apparent that this will be a working weekend for both Buckleys.
With a cast of characters that includes a Steampunk designer, a robotics engineer, an Italian fiber optic artist, a recycled materials percussionist, a glass-blowing anatomist, and a French chef who is a master of molecular gastronomy, it’s clear that everyone at the Cavalcade possessed both the brains and technological know-how to make Morehouse’s death seem accidental. But did they? Was Morehouse’s death due to an ongoing heart issue or something far more sinister? And how could his death be linked to the brutal bludgeoning of a man who sought to use his creation to shelter the homeless?
Only by embracing her inner “geek” can Stella solve the mystery behind both men’s unfortunate demises. But can she do so before the killer strikes again? And, more importantly, can she do so before the Cavalcade’s all-vegan menu drives burger-loving Nick to drastic measures?
Life is definitely not easy for 32-year old Rosie O’Doyle Keefe, but she can handle working in New York City’s World War II shipyards–until her foreman winds up dead–right after she rebuffed his “requirements” for a promotion. . .
Never one to sit back and hope for the best, Rosie discovers that everyone who knew the foreman had good reasons to kill him off. She also finds that she has a surprise ally in the darkly handsome police lieutenant Jack Riordan. But Jack also has to produce a viable suspect for his captain in five days–even if it has to be Rosie. . .
Before long, the mystery spirals onto the streets of wartime New York. With the clock ticking and her freedom on the line, Rosie and Lieutenant Riordan will need to join forces to find the truth and catch the now very desperate killer. . .who may be much closer then they think!