Saturday, December 6, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Blog Tour/Giveaway/Review: Murder the Tey Way by Marilyn Levinson

I'm thrilled to participate in the Murder the Tey Way Blog Tour.  In this post you will find book and author information together with my review.

About the book . . .
Murder the Tey Way by Marilyn Levinson
Cozy Mystery

Publication date: October 29, 2014

Paperback: 244 pages
ISBN-13:  9781502413260

Synopsis . . .
Professor Lexie Driscoll is leading a Golden Age of Mystery book club discussion of Josephine Tey’s novels, when her sister arrives in a state of agitation. The sisters aren’t close, and Lexie wonders why Gayle has driven from Utah to Long Island to stay with her. The following morning, Gayle awakens Lexie to say there’s a dead man lying in her backyard. Gayle confesses she’s on the run because she witnessed a murder and the murderer is out to get her. Gayle takes off after begging Lexie not to tell the police she’s been there. This presents a problem because Lexie’s boyfriend, homicide detective Brian Donovan, is initially put in charge of the investigation. The murder victim turns out to be a minor criminal suspected of having burgled several homes in the area. Lexie wonders if her sister killed the man, believing he was sent to kill her.

Lexie and her friend Joy Lincoln, a former FBI agent and now a stay-at-home mom, soon discover that all of the book club members either have secrets or are in situations involving the wrong side of the law. An older couple, Marge and Evan Billings, are at the mercy of the criminals they’ve hired to extricate their young granddaughter from Peru. Tim Draigon has lost his attorney’s license for illegal activities. He and Sadie Lu, a guidance counselor, owe money and have borrowed large sums from money lenders connected to the murdered man. Lexie’s neighbors, the Roberts sisters, are strange birds. Corinne dominates her slow sister, Felicity, and berates Lexie whenever she comes to Felicity’s aid. And who is this Johnny Scarvino Felicity fears? Another club member is murdered, one is knocked unconscious, and old and new secrets impact the lives of the members of the book club. Lexie must find the murderer before more lives are destroyed. 

My Review . . . 
Ryesdale, a normally quiet suburb of Long Island, New York is the setting for Marilyn Levinson’s new cozy mystery and sequel to Murder a la Christie.  In this latest installment, members of the Golden Age of Mystery book club and their facilitator Lexie Driscoll reconvene to discuss the classic mysteries of Josephine Tey.  This group’s meetings have come to be known for unusual occurrences—including odd behavior and sudden deaths—and true to form, their discussion is interrupted in the opening chapter by an unknown man peering in the window and the arrival of Lexie’s sister Gayle, who is fleeing a murder scene.  When the unknown man—later identified  as Len Lyons, aka Leo Lionni, a petty criminal with ties to the mob—is found stabbed to death the next morning in Lexie’s back yard, the plot thickens in a neighborhood recently beset by a series of home burglaries.  

As the story unfolds, the secrets and troubles of individual book club members are revealed, making many of them suspects in Lyons’s murder.  The plot thickens yet again when one of the book club members is shot and killed.  While the police are conducting an investigation into both murders, Lexie can’t resist the urge to sleuth and enlists the help of fellow book club member and former FBI agent Joy Lincoln.  Lexie draws on the plots and characters in Tey’s novels, where nothing is as it appears, to piece the clues together and unveil the truth.  

Murder the Tey Way applies a touch of Tey’s theatrics to a modern-day mystery with delightful results.  References to Tey’s novels and style give this story added richness and pay homage to a beloved author of the mystery/crime genre.   

Levinson has created a likeable, returning character in Lexie Driscoll.  In this latest adventurewhich kept me guessing until the very end who the murderer wasLexie’s romantic life takes a turn for the better, leaving readers curious about how her budding romance will proceed and where her inquisitive nature will lead her next.

Note:  I received an ebook copy of Murder the Tey Way in exchange for an honest review.

Click here for a chance to win a copy of Murder the Tey Way

About the Author . . .
A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and books for kids. Her first book in the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series, Murder a la Christie, is out with Oak Tree Press. Untreed Reads has brought out new e-editions of her Twin Lakes mysteries: A Murderer Among Us, awarded a Suspense Magazine Best Indie, and Murder in the Air. Uncial Press e-publishes her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations. All of Marilyn’s mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives.

Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children’s Choice; Getting Back to Normal, & And Don’t Bring Jeremy.

Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her granddaughter, Olivia, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Author Links
Blog: Makeminemystery the first and third Monday of every month.
Purchase Links:
Amazon  Barnes & Noble

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