Much Ado About Murder (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #3) by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Much Ado About Murder (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #3)

Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the latest performance of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, Much Ado About Nothing. The company's steady growth enables them to cast star British actress Audrey Ashley, who arrives on scene to play the lead role of Beatrice. But things immediately get more complicated when Audrey insists the company replace the current director with new, up and coming ...


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TitleMuch Ado About Murder (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #3)
ISBN9781683313250
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Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction
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Reviews Much Ado About Murder (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #3)

  • Juli
    2017-11-02
    Things are a bit up in the air for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company when their director quits right before their production of Much Ado About Nothing. Luckily, their featured star, Audrey Ashley, recommends a director she has worked with before, Edmund Albright. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax is excited to work with the new director and looks forward to the production. But, Albright announces some changes to the play. He wants to mod...
  • Fred
    2017-07-21
    Much Ado About Murder is the third book in the A Shakespeare In The Catskills Mystery series.Charlotte Fairfax, costume designer, and Paula Van Dusen, chair of the Shakespeare In The Catskills Theater group, are busy putting the finishing touches on the “star” bungalow in anticipation of the arrival Audrey Ashley. Charlotte and Paula are all set to introduce Audrey to the production’s producer, only to find that he has abruptly left to retu...
  • Karen
    2017-10-04
    I read Much Ado About Murder on Monday October 2nd and I was pleased that this third book in the Catskills Mystery series did not disappoint! It had great energy and was an exceptionally good whodunit! Reading this one it was easy to get caught up in the excitement and absurdity of the life of the play directors. I loved the idea of living in the bungalows and fully immersing oneself in a theater company devoted to Shakespeare's works. I enjoyed ...
  • Lghiggins
    2017-11-30
    England comes to the U.S. in Much Ado About Murder. Charlotte Fairfax is a costume designer formerly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Audrey Ashley is an actress from a famous English dramatic family; she insists on a particular English director. Set in the Catskills, a production of Much Ado About Nothing is anticipated to draw crowds of tourists to help sustain the town and local hotel. Add in a few Corgis and a lot of tea to round out the B...
  • Lisa Morin
    2017-07-02
    Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth Duncan was an interesting story, packed with plenty of murder, lies, greed and much more.Charlotte Fairfax is an interesting character and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.I enjoyed the storyline, a director has some wild ideas about a Shakespeare play and chaos ensues when someone ends up dead. Who is the killer? Find out when you purchase your copy!I voluntarily read an ARC of this...
  • Jessica Robbins
    2017-11-06
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  • Daniele
    2017-06-14
    MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER, the third book in the Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery series, provides an interesting look behind the scenes of a theater production. Full of drama, conflict, injury, and murder, it is a fun light read.This is the first book I have read in this series, and I had no trouble diving right in with the characters and setting. The theater company is left in the lurch when their director abruptly leaves. The board wants Wade ...
  • Betty
    2017-10-07
    This is the third book in the Catskills mystery series. I have not read the earlier books, I had no trouble following the story. The protagonist, Charlotte Fairfax has been in the area for a number of years. She is responsible for getting the new Shakespeare play staged. The director opts out leaving a problem. The star actress has a say on the director and insisted on a director from England. His arrival throws the cast into a turmoil. He is fou...
  • Kelly
    2017-11-14
    **I voluntarily read this ARC**This was an interesting book. The setting was great, and I wish I could visit it. The mystery was sort of predictable, sort of surprising, and very well written. I did find it a little hard to connect to the characters, but I still enjoyed the book.
  • Vicki May
    2017-12-06
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, Much Ado About Murder is the third book in the Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery series but it is the first one I have read and can certainly stand alone if you have not read the previous books. Charlotte Fairfax is the costume designer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater company who along with her friend, Paula Van Dusen, chair of the theater company, are welcoming their ...
  • The Cozy Review
    2017-07-24
    Charlotte Fairfax is an excellent costume designer and works with the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. This year they are performing Much Ado About Nothing a classic. Famous actress Audrey Ashley arrives to play the lead role. The aging actress has the last word on who the director will be; she picks director Edmund Albright. Unfortunately, someone decides Edmund has to go, and Charlotte has another dead body on her hands.Edmund insists on ...
  • Diane
    2017-07-26
    Much Ado About Murder ( A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery) by author Elizabeth J. Duncan is a delightful cozy mystery with a bit of with along with the mystery. I enjoy reading the friendship of Charlotte Fairfax and Paula Van Dusen and when you add the corgi Rupert, it just makes it better! The girls are waiting for the arrival of the current Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company season’s star performer, Audrey Ashley from London. She is ...
  • Missi Stockwell
    2017-11-16
    I might be a tad partial to Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan because it is A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery and I live in upstate New York. But whatever reason you choose to read Much Ado About Murder, I am quite certain that you will love it !!Even though this is the third book in the series and I haven't had the pleasure of reading the previous two, I was able to pick it up and breeze right through it. As soon as I started rea...
  • Caryn
    2017-12-08
    Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax and Paula Van Dusen the chair of the Shakespeare in the Catskills Theater group discover they had a major problem. With very little time until this season’s show as due to open, they learn that their director isn’t going to be available leaving them with a big name actress coming to star in a production without a director. They consider having a local man fill in, but Audrey Ashley, the star wants a director...
  • Melissa
    2017-12-13
    What an interesting and fun story. This book was definitely a page turner and I was very surprised when the murderer was revealed. The characters are very interesting and they would be great to meet in person. I would love to go see a Shakespeare play performed by the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company especially one with a different concept as portrayed in this book. It was interesting to learn about what happens when a production such as thi...
  • Christine Martin-resotko
    2017-12-09
    Directing Shakespeare can be deadly. This is the first book I have read in Elizabeth J. Duncan's Shakespeare in the Catskills series. The main character is Charlotte Fairfax, a Brit who now lives in the Catskills and is the costume designer for the Catskills Shakespeare Company. When she comes across the body of their new director in his bungalow, the investigation is on.The main characters are well thought out. Each personality is distinct, and ...
  • Rebecca
    2017-12-16
    Much Ado About Murder is the third book in the A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery series by Elizabeth J. Duncan. These books can be enjoyed as a series or as a stand alone. I have not read the first two books in the series, and had no trouble following the storyline. I really enjoyed this book. Having never read a cozy that is centered around a theatre, I found this aspect to be very unique. Characters are well developed and interesting. I wa...
  • Lisa
    2017-12-29
    This is the third in the series but the first one I've read. I entered a contest online and received this beautiful hardback book as a prize. I will be upfront with you, if I had known it was a 3rd book, I wouldn't have read it first. Thankfully ignorance is bliss and I started the book completely unaware. It was so fantastic that once I realized my mistake, it was too late and I wasn't going to stop for anything. It makes a good stand alone book...
  • Michelle Palmer
    2017-12-16
    Charlotte is a fashion designer. She works for a Shakespeare theater company in the Catskills. A new guest lead actress arrives from England just as the director suddenly quits. Because the actress has director-approval rights a new director who she has worked with before is brought in from England at her demand. Charlotte has a bad habit of finding dead bodies. This is the third murder in this sleepy little town within a short span of time. The ...
  • Jeanne
    2017-12-27
    Much Ado about Murder is the 3rd book in the Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery series by Elizabeth J. Duncan.I rate this book 3.5 stars.I haven't read any other books in the series yet, but I was able to pick up the storyline quickly. This was easy to read as a standalone book.What I liked about this book:- Charlotte and Paula are likable characters. I like their friendship.- I also enjoyed the interaction between Charlotte and Ray. I get tire...
  • Linda Smatzny
    2017-11-25
    This time the company loses two directors and the setting of the play is changed. The main character is Charlotte Fairfax who is the costume designer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company but in fact is the manager since everyone comes to her with problems. The company's visiting English actress uses her contract to get the director of her choice when the first director leaves with no notice. When that director is found dead and the death...
  • Pamela Mitchell
    2017-12-30
    A delightful read from the first page to the last with an interesting cast of characters centered around the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company and their production of Much Ado About Nothing. This cozy mystery quickly became a page-turner when costume designer Charlotte Fairfax doesn't believe the play's director committed suicide and she's determined to find out "whodunit".Even though this is the third book in the Shakespeare in the Catskills...
  • Jeanne Quigley
    2018-01-25
    Elizabeth Duncan is one of my favorite mystery writers and she did not disappoint with this third book in her Catskills-set series. Wonderful characters, a deepening romance, and intrigue behind-the-scenes of a production of Much Ado About Nothing held my interest until the last page. I look forward to the next installment!
  • Cindy
    2017-06-17
    Pleasantly plotted and peopled, like series. Kept interest and moved consistently (hate when they stall). Well narrated and recommended for a stormy nights read.
  • Bertha
    2017-12-11
    Ms. Duncan's new book, Much Ado About Murder, is a charming cozy mystery. Her characters are well developed and the story was a fast read. It's the kind of book you pick up when you're having a hectic or bad day and want a little escape.The only problem I had is that I never read Williams Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing so I was a little lost when the play in the book was being discussed.
  • Edyee Stocks
    2017-12-26
    This is a quaint mystery! I really enjoyed the setting and the intriguing clues. I loved the setting in the catskills and the theatre but wished the author had described the area more and the characters in more detail. I would read her books again, because I loved the interesting tidbits she brings into her writing!
  • Kathy Martin
    2017-10-09
    A new English actress. A director who abruptly quits. A new director who wants to set Much Ado About Nothing in New York after the Civil War. This isn't the smooth, trouble-free season that Charlotte Fairfax was hoping for. It doesn't help that the director - Edmund Albright - is found dead in his bungalow, an apparent suicide victim.Charlotte doesn't believe that Albright killed himself despite evidence to the contrary. She is determined to find...
  • Autumn
    2017-07-21
    Much Ado About Murder is the third installment in Elizabeth J. Duncan’s Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery series. It is just as delightful as its two predecessors, Untimely Death and Ill Met by Murder.Charlotte Fairfax, costumer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, is preparing for the company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. The company has hired Audrey Ashley, popular British actress, as their guest artist. When Simon Dy...
  • Kathleen
    2017-10-30
    This is the first in the series that I have read and is the third in the A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery. This book did not disappoint. I liked the setting and main characters. The Catskills are beautiful, the concept is well developed, the characters have depth. The only thing I found odd was that this was more like telling a story until near the end when a few well placed curiosities/questions were revealed then, it became a mystery. The...
  • Debbie Erickson
    2017-07-21
    Much Ado About Murder is the third installment in the Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery series. This series is about a small Shakespeare theater group in New York with main character Charlotte who is in charge of the costumes and her friend Paula Van Dusen, who is a member of the theater board. When the company is set to put on the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, nothing but trouble seems to be the case. The first director up and leave...