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The Cozy Chronicles: Amy Beth Arkawy’s Dead Silent

I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Amy Beth Arkawy’s Dead Silent as part of the Cozy Mystery Book Tours.

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Dead Silent is the second installment in the Eliza Gordon Soup Opera mysteries. I had planned on reading Killing Time, the first Eliza Gordon mystery, before reading and reviewing Dead Silent, but life somehow got in the way. It actually worked out, because I now don’t have to wait for the next book and can just go back to where it all started!

Summary:

It’s summer time in Goodship, NY and the mercury isn’t the only thing that’s rising. Everyone in town is beside themselves trying to figure out who is behind The Goodship Grapevine, an anonymous website that has been revealing less-than-flattering (and at times less-than-legal) tidbits about the good people of Goodship.

If that wasn’t enough to turn up the heat in Goodship, Paul Hackett, WSHP’s resident shock jock, is found strangled to death with his own headphone cord. Scrawled on the window are in red lipstick are the letters, “V.O.S.” And what about “The Quiet,” a cult that’s been peppering the town with flyers in hopes of gaining more followers?

Eliza Gordon, one-time actress and proprietress of the Soup Opera, is determined to get answers. Unfortunately, her sleuthing is putting a strain on her budding romance with Police Chief Tom Santini. Can Eliza (and her trusty sidekick Midge) solve the mystery before things boil over?

Review:

There is something about mysteries set in small towns that make them especially cozy, and Dead Silent is no exception. I was especially impressed by the fact that there were multiple mysteries going on in such a small town, yet it never felt that there you were running out of suspects.

Having the book take place in a small town also allows you to really get to know the characters–and Goodship’s townspeople do not disappoint. They are a motley, lively bunch and you will want to be part of the Soup Opera crowd (you’ll also probably want some soup). Eliza is an extremely smart and likable heroine, and you will find yourself rooting for her not just to solve the mystery, but as she sorts through her relationships. I look forward to the next installment just to get to know her better.

Dead Silent was extremely fast-paced and the resolution almost snuck up on me. I actually read this book in one sitting; the plot really drew me in and I could not wait to find out if the two mysteries were connected. I also really enjoyed the fact that most of the information is given to you via conversations between characters, which made me feel like I was actually there and listening.

As I mentioned earlier, I am glad that I have not yet read Killing Time so I can just go right back to Goodship instead of having to wait for the next book. As Eliza herself says, “you never know just how interesting it might get.” I look forward to my next trip to Goodship.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of the book as part of the book tour. This did not influence my review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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As promised…text for Tuesday’s post!

On Tuesday I posted a few pictures from spending the day at Mysterious Galaxy’s 20th birthday celebration. As promised, here’s the text to go with the photos. 😉

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I was fortunate enough to attend Avery Aames (Daryl Wood Gerber) and Rochelle Staab’s author presentation before their book signing (they were both so gracious). I had read A Long Quiche Goodbye a while back and was looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The part I enjoyed the best was listening to them talk about how their books take shape and how readers have become so invested. I particularly enjoyed Avery’s story about having encountered numerous folks from Wisconsin wanting to know why The Cheese Shop Mysteries are set in Ohio.

I am looking forward to reading the Mind for Murder books. I picked up a copy of Who Do, Voodoo at the signing–I’m the kind of reader who likes to start with the first book in the series whenever possible.

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I was patient and waited to pick up Dead, White, and Blue from Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday instead of running out on Tuesday. I also bought two other “firsts”: Liz Lippeman’s Beef Stolen-Off and Victoria Hamilton’s A Deadly Grind. I’m going to have to upgrade my to-read bedside basket to a to-read bedside steamer trunk soon!

The rest of my weekend haul included all The Cheese Shop Mysteries and Lucy Burdette’s Topped Chef. I had loaned my copy of A Long Quiche Goodbye to a friend so I decided to just buy another copy.

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Trivia Time: As you know, I am a big Murder, She Wrote fan so you can imagine how tickled I was to find that Avery Aames (as Daryl Lynn Wood) was on the “Simon Says, Color Me Dead”).

I am two-thirds through my (re)reading of A Long Quiche Goodbye and Tuesday’s post will be my review along with a new section of the blog!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, what was your first book?

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Have a good weekend, everyone! See you Tuesday!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My version of Throwback Thursday

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From a “Friends of the Library” sale in Gainesville, FL a few years ago. I love finding earlier editions of my favorite books, especially ones I read as a child. I had a blast finding “yellow spine” Nancy Drew books on eBay sometime ago, but that’s for another Thursday. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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