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Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok. 

Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th-century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street. 

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused. 

Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme before the murderer strikes again.

©2015 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2017 Judy Penz Sheluk

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One of the best cozy mysteries I've read

Journalist Emily Garland is hired by a big company to try to unearth the secrets and find out the real intentions of Garrett Stonehaven, a famous and rich real estate agent. She will have to work undercover in the small town of Lount’s Landing, as the editor of a niche magazine. Emily will have to do some sleuth work, and nothing is what it seems. From a point onwards bodies start to pile up, and this mission seems to be more dangerous than she expected.

I always enjoy a good cozy mystery. I find this genre relaxing and an easy listen, especially when there is much going on in real life. Even though I love this kind of books, I am sometimes bothered because it seems they need to include a romantic story, which seems forced most of the times. This doesn’t happen here. The main character has a small attraction for one of the male characters but that’s it. There’s no blabbering, forced conversations, nor unrealistic sex scenes.

In fact, I can say that this is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read. The characters feel like real people, with clear motivations and normal reactions. I liked exploring the business located in Main Street, with their colorful names, and charismatic owners.

The book had a good rhythm, and it was easy to get into it. People start dying quite soon in the story, and the intrigue was well built from the start. Nothing and nobody is what it seems, and I especially enjoyed trying to guess who and why was doing those things. It was a book that kept my attention until the end, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Suzanne T. Fortin’s narration was correct. She delivered great characters’ interpretations, transmitting their emotions, and bringing them to life. I just missed some differentiation between voices. It’s like Fortin tried to make them sound different for the beginning of a paragraph, but soon after all voices blended in together, and male and female characters sounded quite similar. I had issues following several conversations between Emily and Arabella, Emily and her boss, and even Emily and one of the male characters, not really knowing who was talking and doing some guesswork that was not always right. But the interpretations and narration in general was good, so I enjoyed it.

I really liked this book, and would recommend it to anyone into cozy mysteries. It’s one of the best in the genre.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Who done it?

I loved the story and the characters. I look forward to more in this series. This book had me hooked from the start. The narrator great. I received this book as a gift in exchange for a honest review.

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When a job is too good to be ture, it probably is.

Would you listen to The Hanged Man's Noose again? Why?

I rarely listen to mysteries a second time, but I will certainly listen to the next in this series. The quirky people who live in Lount’s Landing Landing are very entertaining. I am sure at least one of them will be dead soon.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were complex with secrets galore. I likes them and at the same time thought they were too scheming and self centered. They are people readers love to hate.

What about Suzanne T. Fortin’s performance did you like?

The audio was a pleasant and clearly articulated. Fortin was able to deliver the diverse personalities of both female and male characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were twists and turns right up to the end.

Any additional comments?

I listen to audio books as I go for a morning run because the suspense motivates me to get out. I did a lot of running during this book because I was compelled to listen to find out what happened next.

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Earns 5/5 Visits with Karma..Murderously Engaging!

Emily Garland, freelance writer for Urban-Huntzberger, has been given an extended assignment which includes a permanent position, salary, and benefits, but the caveat is she needs to relocate to Lount’s Landing and act as the editor-in-charge of a local magazine “Inside the Landing.” While there she is to covertly investigate Garrett Stonehaven, a real estate developer with questionable, if not criminal, dealings connected to him, but nothing could be confirmed. He is preparing to present to the town his proposal to revitalize the Main Street area with most of the town’s leaders on board. However, there is a lone holdout, Carter Dixon isn't convinced the change in the original proposal will be agreed upon by the town. But, when he ends up dead, seemingly from anaphylactic shock, the path seems clear. Well, until a few more bodies litter the way.

Judy Penz Sheluk has penned a very creative and clever tale of greed amid a small town community struggling to survive, but the motives behind the mayhem aren't as clear as one would think. I was so engaged by all the connections between characters slowly revealed totally muddying the suspect pool. In this case, the past may have caught up with everyone. Judy’s stories always include a clever mystery, excellent pace revealing the often “Oh my!” clues, a realistic investigative style, and a change in third person point of view that is clever. I really was fascinated by the interesting historical references to Samuel Lount, discussion on appraisals and antique verifications (real vs fake), and explanations of financial scams. However, it's the characters she has created that invests this reader in the story. Emily Garland is an intelligent woman with her own demons, but she has an excellent reporter’s nose providing an air of legitimacy with all her interviews and interrogations. Arabella Carpenter has all the earmarks of a great BFF or main character herself, and other Main Street merchants and town resident’s round out a very realistic cast of characters. It's a great story with entertaining twists and turns is well worth it, but the realistic characters are the frosting! And the Treasontini? The recipe for The Hanged Man’s signature cocktail, can be found on Judy’s website.

Although I also have the eBook, my enjoyment was greatly enriched following along with by Suzanne T. Fortin’s narration in the audio version. She used her entertaining voice artistry to go beyond the traditional reading style. She did well interpreting personality and emotions of the characters, but without obvious dialects or accents the differences between female characters or male voices were less effective. However, this didn't effect my overall entertainment. It is definitely a great way to enjoy Judy Penz Sheluk’s work!

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Another great mystery from Judy Penz Sheluk!

This a wonderful cozy mystery that kept me entertained from beginning to end. It's the 3rd book I've read by Judy Penz Sheluk and all 3 have been very well written and highly entertaining. I look forward to reading more of her work. Suzanne T. Fortin does a good job with the narration, though, at times the character voices are indistinguishable, making it difficult to follow the character conversations. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Suspense at it's best!

Judy Penz Sheluk has a way of holding your attention throughout the story. All the twists and turns keeps you guessing to the end!

Suzanne T. Fortin did a great job narrating and knew her characters well.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An entertaining introduction to a series...

The Hanged Man's Noose is a very entertaining introduction to a series of cozy mysteries. The plot is engaging, with enough clues here and there and enough red herrings to intrigue the reader / listener. The two main characters, Emily and Arabella, are both very likeable and... a complete oppposite of each other, one being sensible and calm, the other hot-headed and compulsive. They make a perfect team of amateur sleuths, trying to discover what is really going on in their sleepy old town.
They are supported by a group of colourful, masterfully written background characters - they all seem real, 3-dimensional, and every one of them plays a part in a meticulously thought out criminal plot of the book. The mystery/crime itself is believable and develops smoothly, fully keeping the reader's/listener's attention to the logical end.

The narration by Ms Fortin is very good. The pace is right, and her interpretation devoid of overacting (a quality I appreciate in narrators). There is enough differentiation in the characters' voices, though, to easily follow conversations and the male voices are equally well done as the female ones. Definitely a narrator worth listening to.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Journalistic Investigation

This is about a journalist, Emily Garland, living and working in Toronto, who is given an opportunity to work under cover on an journalistic investigation in the small town of Lount's Landing an hour and a half North East of Toronto. The subject of the investigation, real estate developer Gareth Stonehaven, once was her go to person in Toronto for quotes etc. He had fallen out of favor with her by firing her mother from his employ. Emily is on her first day on the new assignment when the first murder happens in the very restaurant she chose for breakfast. As she begins to learn about the small town's inhabitants she learns of a dark past, secrets and surprises. She makes new friends while her investigation goes on, but does she know which ones can be trusted. The story and characters are developed very well and the book was enjoyed all the way through. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


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Good!

Really enjoyable cozy mystery with great characters. I liked the writing and the narration. I'm going to check out more by this author.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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The Hanged Man's Noose

This is a well written, enjoyable book. The story line is good, the characters have depth and a bit of humor and it truly is a whodunit.

When real estate tycoon, Garrett Stonehaven, takes an interest in property in the small town of Lount's Landing, reporter, Emily Garland is hired to work undercover as the new editor of the magazine "Inside the Landing" to investigate him. Emily doesn't trust Stonehaven and thinks he is responsible for her mothers death and is more than happy to find proof of wrong doing.
When one of the locals ends up dead after he disagrees with Stonehaven's plans for the property, Emily joins forces with the newest business owner, Arabella, to find out who is responsible for the murder before someone else dies.

Suzanne T Fortin does a nice job narrating this story. Her character voice distinction isn't the best I have heard, but I still found her easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Cozy mystery

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I loved skeleton in the attic, so when I saw this I thought I had to get my hands on it. I found that it is not as good as the book I mentioned however, I was still hooked and wanted to find out who did it. I must admit that I got it wrong, so the author suprised me there and the narrator did a great job.