ILL MET BY MURDER (A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan / Released Dec 2016 by Crooked Lane Books
ILL MET BY MURDER, by Elizabeth J. Duncan takes us up to the Catskills, where an old resort has been turned into a theater specializing in Shakespearean productions. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax is delighted to oblige the theater’s principal benefactor, Paula Van Dusen, when the wealthy widow enlists her help in using the current production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its themes of magic and romance, as a background for her daughter’s wedding. All is going well, until the body of one of the groom’s most bitter business rivals is found in the shrubbery during the performance, with the object to transform Bottom the Weaver into an ass jammed onto his head.
There are plenty of suspects, including the bride, one of her bridesmaids, and a very suspicious real estate broker with designs on the property next to the theater. Charlotte’s love life takes a turn for the better as things get worse for the bride and groom. An old scandal leads to the solution of the mystery, and a murderer with a passion for revenge is thwarted by a most unlikely rescuer.