Trick or Deceit: A Celebration Bay Mystery, by Shelley Freydont, Berkley Prime Crime Sept. 1, paperback, $7.99.
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.
“All the charm of a Norman Rockwell painting, but with a much more colorful cast of characters!”—Cynthia Baxter, author of the Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries
“Foul Play at the Fair is a fun romp of a story…A delicious read filled with interesting characters and good times.”—Joyce Lavene, co-author of the Missing Pieces Mysteries
“I fell in love with Liv Montgomery and the citizens of Celebration Bay from the very first page.”—Mary Kennedy, author of the Talk Radio Mysteries
“Liv Montgomery is a terrific new amateur sleuth, competent, intelligent, with a few surprising skills.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques
“If you like small-town gossip, long-buried secrets, and festivals galore, you’ll love this…A promising new series with colorful characters and seasonal festivals that create endless possibilities for future story lines.”—RT Books Reviews