Untimely Death (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #1) by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Untimely Death (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #1)

A Catskills resort’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of such a beautiful young thespian? Who wouldn’t? Seems like just about everyone had a motive to pull the ropes on her final curtain call.At the center of this Shakespearian tragedy is Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Ro...


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TitleUntimely Death (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #1)
ISBN9781629531915
Author
Release DateNov 10th, 2015
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction
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Reviews Untimely Death (Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery #1)

  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    Reading this book is a bit like listening to your senile grandmother try to explain an entire episode of "Murder She Wrote" that she watched twenty years ago. She rambles a lot and gets the story all mixed up and none of the characters register because she's not actually describing them or telling you anything about them. It's set in a regional theatre in the Catskills in New York but she's never been there so she doesn't actually describe a thea...
  • Jessica Robbins
    1970-01-01
    For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs...
  • QNPoohBear
    1970-01-01
    Charlotte Fairfax was once the costume mistress for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, until a production and a man brought her to New York. When the relationship ended badly Charlotte chose to stay- not in the City but in the Catskills at a rundown old hotel that happens to have a resident theater company. Charlotte is readying the costumes for the upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. She isn’t thrilled to be saddled wit...
  • Kellene
    1970-01-01
    This book wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either, so I'm giving it a 2.5 rating. I enjoyed parts of the book, namely the setting and some of the minor characters. I didn't really dislike Charlotte, but I'm not sure I got to know her at all. But I did like her dog a lot. There were so many things in the book that made me pause in light of the ridiculousness (the whole deal with the ring, for one, and how there was no money for anything with t...
  • Chaitra
    1970-01-01
    Two things:1. The young ingenue, Lauren, is rushed to the hospital with what is supposed an overdose. (It turns out it is). Charlotte, on the premise of bringing Lauren her clothes goes to her room with her cop boyfriend. Snooping where they shouldn't have, both of them find an enormous ring in the room, which with her costume expertise Charlotte supposes is a British ring. And the cop boyfriend takes it. There isn't a crime scene yet. Why is he ...
  • Suzanne
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars!
  • April
    1970-01-01
    This author does that typical racist thing white authors do: the only time she acknowledges a character’s race/ethnicity, it’s to play into stereotypes. There’s the thuggish “black man” with shiny gold teeth trying to peddle fake jewelry on the street. And then there’s the “shifty” jeweler wearing a yarmulke and sporting the traditional Orthodox curls. I can’t stand racist nonsense like this.
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    Enjoyable and interesting. Well narrated and recommended.
  • Romancing the Book
    1970-01-01
    Reviewed by JulieBook provided by publisher for reviewOriginally posted at Romancing the Book Untimely Death taps into the world of theatre performers and the behind the scenes drama that goes into putting on a small production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, including the costuming, which is Charlotte Fairfax’s responsibility.This play, an annual tradition for the resort, puts Charlotte in the uncomfortable position of working with her fo...
  • Kathy Martin
    1970-01-01
    The summer theater season is starting at Jacobs Grand Hotel in the Catskills. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has been living and working there for ten years. This year she has a new apprentice named Aaron who is also the nephew of the owner of the hotel. The case includes an ambitious young actress named Lauren Richmond and an aging, has-been actor named Brian Prentice who has arrived along with his aristocratic wife, Lady Deborah. Aaron know...
  • Cuppa
    1970-01-01
    Shakespeare in the Catskills is a new mystery series from Crooked Lane Books. This new mystery publisher has been very popular so far with my library patrons so I was happy to review Untimely Death, the first book in the series. The "star" of the book is costume designer/costume shop manager Charlotte Fairfax. She had a glorious career in Great Britain before she settled in the Catskills to nurse a broken heart and work for a Shakespearean compan...
  • Doward Wilson
    1970-01-01
    This debut in a new series pulls you in and makes you feel right at home. Charlotte is the costume designer for a small Shakespearean production company in the Catskills. Having worked for London's Royal Shakespeare Company, Charlotte has been comfortable in her new home and position for several years. When the witchy and conniving leading lady becomes ill and then is murdered everyone is a suspect to Charlotte and her boyfriend Ray, the local po...
  • Sarah Adamson
    1970-01-01
    Another excellent book by Elizabeth J. Duncan. This is the first in a new series about Shakespeare in the Catskills, starring a theatre dressmaker, previously of the Royal Shakespeare Company, now of a little known backwater hotel and theater in upstate New York. A wonderful start to this series. Fascinating and relatable characters, great easy to read story and page turning intriguing mysteries!5* and bring on more!!!
  • Meg Morden
    1970-01-01
    This cozy mystery is set around a staging of Romeo and Juliet at a Catskills resort. Every year the company tries to add cache by inviting a British actor or actress to lend authenticity to their productions. The costume designer, Charlotte Fairfax, sets out to try to solve the murder of leading lady Lauren Richmond who is first poisoned and then stabbed. sparks fly between Charlotte and the local police chief.
  • Lorraine
    1970-01-01
    Untimely Death is the #1 book in a new series by Elizabeth J. Duncan. This cozy mystery contains a bit of Shakespeare, a bit of the Catskills, a bit of actors doing Summer Stock, and one all out murder.Those looking for a new cozy mystery series may want to consider Shakespeare in the Catskills Mysteries. Knowledgeable and enjoyable!
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    I very much liked the idea of a costume designer as sleuth, but Charlotte Fairfax, who steals evidence and breaks into the police incident room, is appalling even by the low standards of her genre. A plot that is not believable and a not too bright murderer – even Shakespeare could not rescue this book.
  • Selah Pike
    1970-01-01
    A charming way to warm up for my reading of Romeo and Juliet. Loads of Shakespeare and some Project Runway references.
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    My review for Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan will be posted at Romancing the Blog in the near future. Watch for it by following this link: http://romancing-the-book.com/
  • Caitlin
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars.Charlotte is working as costumer for a small Shakespeare company in New York State. Their play, "Romeo and Juliette" seems to be coming true, though, when the actor playing the latter is poisoned and later dies by stabbing. Charlotte feels she needs to solve the crime when her police officer boyfriend clues her in that a prime suspect is her intern, Aaron, a college kid who's getting into the fashion field. She'll have to work through h...
  • April Wilson
    1970-01-01
    The Catskills are scenic and offer a nice retreat away from the hustle & bustle that is NYC. However, all is not quiet in this sleepy little nook. The Jacobs Grand Hotel is home to thespians as they rehearse and prepare for a season of Shakespeare. Actors are dramatic on the stage and off of it. When the actress playing Juliet is murdered, people look at one another and wonder who is the villain waiting in the wings. Charlotte, head of the costum...
  • Hannah Cline-plaisted
    1970-01-01
    Honestly, this is one of the worst books I have ever read in my life. I read this for a book club, and if I hadn't started it for that reason, I probably would have put it down within the first chapter and moved on with my life. The author clearly doesn't take the time to actually research theater or theater terminology, writes in a formulaic and predictable kind of way, and only half-heartedly develops stock characters. Not a single character wa...
  • Gretchen
    1970-01-01
    This was a good first book to a promising series. It's about a resort in the Catskills that performs Shakespeare plays during the season. Charlotte is the costumer and her boyfriend is the local cop. During rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, someone stabs Juliet. I'm looking forward to reading the second one.
  • Shalini Ayre
    1970-01-01
    Good intro the a new series. The world of theatre and Shakespeare makes a good setting for murderous scenarios. Characters introduced are easy to like and personable. A quick read, but all the elements are there to make it an engaging one - suspense, red herrings, a body or two. Recommended for fans of the author as well as 'cosy' mysteries.
  • Nate
    1970-01-01
    Compared to many of the other cozies I have read. I had some problems getting into this one. I have decided I will try the second book and see but I seemed to not care about any character nor did I have any empathy for any of the characters. Charlotte was the most likable. Just not my fav!
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    A middling mystery populated by charming characters. I can't say I enjoyed this book a lot, but I'm willing to keep going in the series to see if the mystery portion improves while the characters stay as engaging as they were in this story.
  • Pat Persson
    1970-01-01
    A first in a series mystery set in the Catskills. A shakespearian theater group putting on plays in a hotel in the Catskills find one of their members murdered. The protagonist, the costume and wardroom mistress, seeks to find the killer. Very well written.
  • Madelyn
    1970-01-01
    This is a really good British cozy. A production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is happening at a Catskills resort. Charlotte Fairfax, a costume designer, is at the heart of the story. There is lots of action and the story holds one's interest.
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    A fine cozy mystery for task completion. It was interesting enough to keep my background attention while working on other tasks but it might not have been as engaging if it was the only thing I was doing/listening to for entertainment.
  • East Gwillimbury
    1970-01-01
    First book in the Catskills Mystery series. Backdrop is a Shakespeare Theater Company performing Romeo and Juliet. Rehearsals have barely begun when Juliet is found dead at the bottom of the balcony. Who did this dastardly deed.
  • Ashley Harper
    1970-01-01
    The book was very enjoyable. The characters were developed and the plot was great, but it’s quite predictable - by the time I reached about a quarter of the way through the book, I easily guessed what would happen and who was behind everything. Still, it was a nice (and fairly quick) read.