Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont

Trick or Deceit (A Celebration Bay Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Celebration Bay Mystery (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281475

This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.

But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized … and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner. 

My Review 

What a fun holiday theme mystery!  This is my first read in the Celebration Bay series, but now I want to go back and read the other books as well.

I really loved the small town setting.   It was described perfectly, from the quirky townsfolk to the small town streets where people walk to work or shop.

The Halloween motif was fun.  I enjoy holiday mysteries, and this was especially enjoyable since it involves one of my favorite holidays.

Liv is a likable, intelligent protagonist - and amateur sleuth.  I also liked Ted, her assistant at work ... as well as her relationships with Jon and Chaz.

There is even a cute dog - a lovable Westie named Whiskey.

This mystery is well written, with dialogue that moves the story along at a brisk pace.  The characters were defined, and descriptions were especially strong.  The mystery aspect was well done, and kept me guessing until the book's conclusion.

I recommend this book for fans of cozy mysteries, holiday mysteries, and small town settings.  You will enjoy it!

About the Author
Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)

As Shelley Noble, she is the NYTimes Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com. 

Author Links
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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.


Shelley said...

Thanks for having me.

holdenj said...

Looking forward to visiting Celebration Bay--I think the October/Halloween setting sounds great for this time of year!

Pamela Woodfield said...

I first looked you up while A Gilded Grave was being promoted. (It sounds good, by the way!)
Celebration Bay sounds like my kind of cozy & I will definitely be giving this series a try. I love the Halloween cover.

Pamela Woodfield said...

I wasn't signed up for Twitter when I originally entered this giveaway. I did later & went back to enter those. It won't however, let me delete my entry saying I DON'T TWEET & I want to be sure those extra points don't count. Can u remove them? Thank u!