Author: Shelley Freydont
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #4 Celebration Bay Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Description: This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.
But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized ... and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.
It is time to return once again to Celebration Bay and just in time for Halloween. This is the 4th installment of this series from author Shelley Freydont and I find this to be a very enjoyable series. This is a well written story with a nice pace. The mystery has twists and turns and Ms. Freydont throws in some red herrings to provide some distractions as to the identity of the real killer. In addition, the characters in this town are wonderful, including Whiskey, the Westie owned by Liv Montgomery, the main character and town event planner. They are an eclectic mix of individuals who are likable and have the feel of people you would meet in a small town. She has created such a wonderful town and engaging, fun inhabitants that the reader is drawn into the story and forgets that Celebration Bay is a fictional place. My only request for Ms. Freydont is that I would like to see a little more development of a few of the re-occurring characters. Otherwise, this is a great Halloween themed cozy and fans of Ms. Freydont.