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THE BOOK: The Day the Music Died.
PUBLISHED IN: 2017.
THE AUTHOR: Susan Lynn Solomon.
THE EDITOR: KC Sprayberry.
THE PUBLISHER: Solstice Publishing.
SUMMARY: Amanda Stone, a rock and roll icon, vanished at the peak of her career in 1986. She surfaces in her hometown of Niagara Falls soon after the death of Emlyn Goode’s mother. Stone asks to see Emlyn, she says, to share memories of her high school friend, Anne Goode. What Stone actually tells her bounces Emlyn’s life on its head. When later that day Stone is murdered, a shaken Emlyn must use her ancient relative’s craft to solve the crime by disinterring the secret of what drove Stone from the spotlight thirty years before. If Emlyn fails, she’ll never know if what Stone told her is true.
THE BACK STORY: Emlyn Goode, the narrator, is a direct descendent of Sarah Goode, who was hanged for witchcraft in Salem. Possessing, or perhaps, possessed by her ancestor’s Book of Shadows, Emlyn attempts to use the ancient craft to solve another crime.
WHY THIS TITLE: The murder of a rock and roll icon mean the end of her music… Or did it?
Susan Solomon’s cozy paranormal murder mystery novella, The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery, is breezy, fast-paced and highly entertaining. I’ve read other books in Solomon’s Emlyn Goode Mystery Series, and find following these two amateur sleuths as they solve the mysteries that seem to fall in their laps a lot of fun. Solomon’s cast of characters, which includes both women’s love interests and Emlyn’s sleuthing albino cat, Elvira, become more well developed with each book, and they’ve come to seem like old friends. I’m looking forward to the next book in Solomon’s mystery series. The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery is most highly recommended.
AUTHOR PROFILE: Formerly a Manhattan entertainment attorney and a contributing editor to the quarterly art magazine SunStorm Fine Art, Susan Lynn Solomon now lives in Niagara Falls, New York. Since 2007 many of her short stories have appeared in literary journals, including, Abigail Bender (awarded an Honorable Mention in a short romance competition), Ginger Man, Elvira, The Memory Tree, Going Home, Yesterday’s Wings, Smoker’s Lament, Kaddish, and Sabbath (nominated for 2013 Best of the Net). A collection of her short stories, Voices In My Head, has been published by Solstice Publishing, and her latest short story. A finalist in M&M’s Chanticleer’s Mystery & Mayhem Novel Contest, and a finalist for the 2016 Book Excellence Award, Susan Lynn Solomon’s first Solstice Publishing novel, The Magic of Murder, has received rave reviews, as has the novelette, Bella Vita, and the novel, Dead Again all stories that continue the adventures (and often missteps) of these characters. In the new Emlyn Goode Mytery novelette, The Day the Music Died, Ms. Solomon once more demonstrates that murder can have sense of humor.
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