by: Amy Beth Arkawy
Publisher: Hen House Press
Published: January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback (236 pages)
Series: An Eliza Gordon Mystery (Volume 1)
***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
A crime decades old comes back to haunt Goodship, NY and death begins to stalk life-long residents, even one who moved away after college.
Eliza Gordon is a widow running the business she and her husband dreamed up, Soup Opera. She’s keeping herself busy by acting in a play and collecting the town’s juicy gossip in her eatery. Although she didn’t grow up here, the colorful folks of Goodship make her feel at home. After all, she married a well-to-do resident of their community who was on their championship team in his younger days, and she’s happy for the town’s winning past. However, the talk of her husband’s young life brings her loss closer to the surface, not that her tears require much of a catalyst, and as this town readies for Homecoming, she fights another onslaught of grief.
In the meantime, setting the town on fire is the untimely news of a Maine murder.
Eliza’s mind couldn’t help wonder about the other deceased sports hero. Why didn’t the legendary star return to be forever revered? Her friend, Midge, won’t discuss much about the man, only making Eliza more curious. However, when a young reporter visits Goodship interviewing only select residents, something or someone in the peaceful town becomes unstable and deadly.
Soon, Midge tells Eliza about an assault from twenty years ago, a suicide, a family who left town, and a reporter who is the ghostly image of the dead.
Amy Beth Arkawy’s KILLING TIME, is a new cozy I recommend!
Eliza Gordon is a spunky sleuth who believes in her husband’s ghost and has no desire to return to her acting days. However, her hunt for a murderer gives her respite from tears.
Although, Goodship residents aren’t used to real crime and murder, they know every town has its secrets and every secret has a story. You’ll meet an assortment of personalities, from crotchety to quirky, in KILLING TIME, but you’ll fall in love with Eliza’s husband’s best friend. He can’t seem to conquer his feelings for the sole owner of Soup Opera, no matter how guilty he feels.
I’m sure, you’ll look forward to the next Eliza Gordon mystery!