Moon Games by Shelly Frome
About the Book
Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth
Milford House Press (August 6, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital ASIN: B07G6LN41H
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 girl hiker on the Q.T, 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 as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.
Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail 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 run its course.
About the Author
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, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.Author Links
Website - http://www.shellyfrome.com
Facebook—https://www.facebook.com/shellyfrome Twitter-- @shellyfrome
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Moon Games by Shelly Frome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There's not much I love more than a Feckless Hero. However, in MOON GAMES, I was utterly delighted to discover a Feckless Heroine in protagonist Miranda Davis. This woman in her thirties is so peripatetic, so constantly off-the-track of her life purpose, I'm surprised she manages to run a business (realty) and be employed (part-time at The Tavern), and it's probably no wonder why she finds relationship issues dismaying. However, I did like her and I even empathised with her, thanks to author Shelly Frome's talented treatment. He also kept the suspense turned up high, the tension on the front burner, and the puzzles constantly intriguing, as I continually pondered: "What? What? What? Who? Why? What does each new revelation signify?" I empathized with Feckless Miranda because I was pretty much out at sea too, and that kept me turning those pages, totally intrigued and delighted.
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