Monday, September 13, 2021

Review: Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany

About Deadly Summer Nights

Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) 

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (September 7, 2021) 

Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages 

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059333437X ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334379 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NT3JCXQ

A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series. 

It’s the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman’s is ideal, and although Elizabeth’s ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother’s business. 

When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she’ll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed.

My Review
In the summer of 1953 Elizabeth Grady has her work cut out for her. Her mother inherited the Haggerman’s Catskills Resort and Elizabeth is the manager.  It’s up to her to make sure the resort is a rousing success, but when a resort guest turns up dead on their property, she fears the hotel will be closed before it ever gets started. 

When the police find The Communist Manifesto in the deceased’s room, Elizabeth must prove that it had nothing to do with her. That doesn’t stop her guests from gossiping. Elizabeth fears the resort might not have a chance to prove its innocence. 

This is the first of a series by one of my favorite cozy mystery authors.  The author has a great talent to paint the picture which draws readers right into the story. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Catskills, but the author did a great job describing the setting and describing the clothes of the era.

Elizabeth is a wonderful, strong character.  She is easy for me to like and root for.  Even her supporting crew were likeable, funny and quirky.  I loved them all. 

It’s a fast-paced mystery which had a shocking-to-me ending.  I definitely didn’t see that coming.  It is written in a clever, crisp, and exciting way.  I can’t say enough about this one.  It’s one of my favorites of the year.  I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 

For reading challenges:

Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021 

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

About Vicki Delany

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds most fun. Something things are not what they seem. Love a good mystery.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥


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