Synopses & Reviews
A Catskills resorts production of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet
takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of such a beautiful young thespian? Who wouldnt? Seems like just about everyone had a motive to pull the ropes on her final curtain call.
At the center of this Shakespearian tragedy is Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Upstate New York is a long way from the royal stage, but Charlotte is always the queen of her domain. As this small productions costume designer, she has stitched her way into everyones lives, learning more than anyone could possibly imagine about the rise and fall of Lauren Richmond. But curiosity killed the cat. And it might well kill the costume designer.
Witty and wise work, Untimely Death, the first in Elizabeth J. Duncans charming cozy series, is sure to delight.
Winner of the Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition
Praise for Untimely Death:
"Duncan introduces a charming new sleuth and plenty of quirky characters sure to appeal to her base and to cozy fans in general."
"Sympathetic, well-drawn characters and fascinating details on Shakespeare's plays and costume design add to what is a satisfying mystery."
Praise for Elizabeth J. Duncan:
"Fans of Louise Penny will love this book."
--RT Reviews on A Brush with Death
"Sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie."
--Library Journal on A Brush with Death
"Right up there with the best."
--Kirkus Reviews on A Brush with Death
"A really good British cozy... With lots of action and local color, Duncan's book is a perfect spring getaway."
--The Globe and Mail on Slated for Death
About the Author
Elizabeth J. Duncan
is the author of the beloved Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. A former editor and broadcaster in England, Elizabeth is currently an instructor at the Humber School for Writers in Ontario, Canada.