Murder at Fantasia Fair:
by Jeannette de Beauvoir
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
HomePort Press (September 28, 2017)
Paperback: 282 pages
E-Book ASIN: B075ZY26XQ
Wedding coordinator Sydney Riley never thought she'd get caught up in a murder investigation, but she became an amateur sleuth when her boss was killed during Bear Week. Now she's back, this time as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown's venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair... and murder is once again an uninvited guest! It's all hands on deck at the inn as visitors arrive for the week-long event and Sydney helps coordinator Rachel Parsons organize the occasion. Guest Elizabeth Gonzalez is attending with her spouse, Bob, who--as Angela--is taking a bold first step into a whole new existence. Angela, Elizabeth, and Sydney learn the ropes and politics from other guests, some of whom have attended annually for more than forty years. But the next day, Sydney's detective friend summons her to one of the town beaches where Angela's body has been found--with a knife in her back, a knife stolen from Adrienne, the Race Point Inn's diva chef. Fair organizers and attendees try and carry on as Provincetown is overrun with police, press, and rampant speculation. Sydney, her boyfriend Ali, her friend Mirela, her boss Glenn, and a host of Fantasia Fair participants scramble to find out who killed Angela--and why--before the killer strikes again.
Jeannette de Beauvoir grew up in Angers, France, but has lived in the United States since her twenties. (No, she's not going to say how long ago that was!) She spends most of her time inside her own head, which is great for writing, though possibly not so much for her social life. When she's not writing, she's reading or traveling... to inspire her writing. The author of a number of mystery and historical novels, de Beauvoir's work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. Midwest Review called her Martine LeDuc Montréal series "riveting (...) demonstrating her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre." She coaches and edits individual writers, teaches writing online and on Cape Cod, and is currently writing a Provincetown Theme Week cozy mystery series featuring female sleuth Sydney Riley. More at JeannettedeBeauvoir.com
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*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
If you just happen to be curious about what is known as the "trans" world then you have got to try this book. It introduces the world during a them week that is especially for them with seminars, events, and even just extra people to talk to/ask questions. The main character Sydney is trying to learn right along with is which is where all of the information is really coming from. The addition of a murder to these events, which really have a wide range of topics, just makes things that much more intense when no one knows if it was a hate crime or personal. Great investigation though as Sydney runs around trying to figure out what really happened while trying to keep up with her job around the inn at the same time. The cast of characters really seemed to support her and now I admit that I am curious about the first book in the series since I did not have time to read it before tackling this one. This book is great for fans of cozy mysteries that delve into a world that the reader may not know about. I really enjoyed reading it so I give it 4/5 stars.
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