Foul Play At The Fair
Berkley Prime Crime, Sep 4 2012, $7.99
Feeling the bridezillas and their momma grizzlies sucked out her soul, bone weary Liv Montgomery, accompanied by Whiskey the Westie terrier, leaves Manhattan for Celebration Bay, New York. Liv assumes the stressful inane demands of an event planner will prove much smaller in her new location.
Though her predecessor Janine Tudor wants to drive her back to the Big Apple, Liv works as the town’s event planner. Her first local gala, the Harvest by the Festival is a success though she a problem with the newspaper editor Bristow of the Clarion. However that proves a minor nuisance when her assistant Ted shows her the corpse of Pete inside an antique apple press. Pete fled town three decades ago after committing an odious crime; but came home as part of the Zoldosky performing troupe. Liv investigates the current homicide that she believes ties back to what happened thirty years ago.
The fun first Celebration Bay Mystery is an engaging whodunit starring a burned out protagonist who though she fled the city remains in a constant state of stress. The townsfolk are quirky and the first of what appears to be many galas in the festival capital of New York adds local color to the murder mystery. Though Liv has no reason to investigate except to remove the pall shrouding her initial event, fans will enjoy this regional amateur sleuth.