“Untimely Death”

Untimely Death: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery   by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a mystery set in the Catskills. Mentioning towns like Hudson and Rhinebeck, Duncan sets her story around a summer Shakespeare troupe that performs at a hotel resort in upstate New York.  Charlotte Fairfax is in charge of costumes and happens to be dating a local police officer.  When the female star is found injured and then murdered, Charlotte attempts to solve the mystery with help from young intern, Aaron.  Characters and suspects include the aging, alcoholic British male lead, Brian, along with his wife, Lady Deborah.  Interesting facts surrounding the summer stock theater world make for a cozy mystery background.  Duncan usually sets her stories in  Wales. This USA title blends in nicely.

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