If you prefer your murder mysteries to have more twists and turns than a steep mountain trail, The Secluded Village Murders is just what you’re looking for. From the moment that fitness guru and eventual amateur sleuth, Emily Ryder, confronts an enforcer for a large Northeastern development company over a proposed mega project in her historically peaceful Connecticut mountain town, nothing is as it seems. As usual, money is at the root of all evil, and this spinning concoction by veteran author Shelly Frome will keep you guessing until the final page.
Old New England families have long traveled across the Pond to celebrate their connections to places in England that share the same name, a ritual known as “twinning”, as in twin cities, and in this incarnation, the twin to Connecticut’s hamlet just happens to be found in the “Moors” of such well known tales as Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Doyle’s detective Holmes, with all the fog, bogs, and hounds that you would ever want. Throw in a set of antique silver dueling pistols, a travel excursion gone horribly bad, and enough unsavory characters to fill a witch’s caldron, and you have a recipe for dastardly deeds that might make Lady Macbeth cringe.
Let’s just say that when Little Mary Sunshine sensibilities meet modern corporate realities, sparks will fly, and in this yarn, those sparks come from the most unexpected places. Stormy nights and illicit romances will lead to the most confounding conclusions. Just be wary of that figure behind that ancient stone megalith. It just might be searching for you.