I was not compensated for writing this post. I received a review copy of Murder Run to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.
Publisher: Sunbury Press (August 15, 2015)
Category: Mystery, Detective, Amateur Sleuth, Crime
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 244 Pages
Murder Run centers on Jed Cooper, a wayward handyman grappling with the untimely death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills.
As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the Connecticut hill country until this twisty conundrum finally plays itself out.
My review of Murder Run
I was pretty darn pleased with this novel. It was my first introduction to Shelly Frome, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say it won’t be my last.
Murder Run starts off at a steady pace as it lays out the story and then quickly takes you down a rabbit hole of twists and turns.
I would say this is a complex novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated. It’s not. It’s effortless and seamless, while it has all the drama and character development of an exciting crime novel. The characters are so real, so human, that you might forget they’re fictional.
The main character (Jed) of Murder Run is at the center of a murder investigation and, determined to clear his name, sets out to find the real murderer. In so doing, he takes us to Manhattan and Jersey, and even Miami, as he takes us on a journey through his past. The journey is a fascinating one, one that’s key to finding a murderer as well as himself.
Praise for Twilight Of the Drifter by Shelly Frome:
“This is a thoughtful, careful study of the south in a way that makes a time and a place come alive. One thing I liked especially about it is the dialogue and the pacing of the narrative. Frome is writing from deep understanding and with a skill that is enviable. A good mystery from a good writer.” — Lee Jacobus, LeeJacobus.com
“Rich in southern history and mystery.” — Patricia Gligor, Author of Mixed Messages & Desperate Deeds
“Shelly Frome’s southern fried literary characters in Twilight of the Drifter haunt the reader like a stirring and heartfelt Blues song. This crime story loses no time in transporting the reader into the dark underbelly of the gritty world of the Mississippi Delta. Mr. Frome’s vivid and picturesque use of description paints one unforgettable reading experience.” — Gerry Corn, Amazon Reviewer
Praise for Tinseltown Riff by Shelly Frome:
“Capture Real Energy Reading This Fast Moving and Intriguing Book!” — Jo-Anne Vandermeulen, Author of Conquer All Obstacles
“Tinseltown Riff by Shelly Frome took me on a trip through the movie industry that was a surprise and a lot of fun. Not your typical Hollywood story. On this wild ride through the industry, you’ll be watching over Ben’s shoulder as he does his best to make it in the Big Time, only to trip and fall, time and time again. I recommend this story to readers looking to get away from it all, who are looking for an adventure, and who want to be entertained.” — A. McGraw, Amazon Reviewer
“Tinseltown Riff is an amazing collage of false and failed people trying to make it in the superficial atmosphere of Hollywood. Caught in their own world of make believe the oddball characters shuffle the deck and don’t always come up with a full one. Scam artists feast on the likes of Ben trying to draw his way back into the movie world, and failed actresses trying to recreate themselves. Add in a hit man from the Vegas mob on the prowl for lost drugs, records and money. This unusual mix of offbeat characters makes for entertaining reading and intrigue.” — Julian Stuart Haber, Author, A Nail In The Body of Christ and Blood Avenger
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine.
His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter and Tinseltown Riff. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage.
Murder Run is his latest foray into the world of mystery/crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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