Foul Play at the Fair (Celebration Bay Series #1)

Foul Play at the Fair (Celebration Bay Series #1)

by Shelley Freydont

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When a rotten apple spoils the local harvest festival, event coordinator Liv Montgomery becomes an unplanned amateur sleuth in the first mystery in the Celebration Bay series.

As more and more tourists flock to Celebration Bay, New York, to enjoy their seasonal festivals, the town is in need of a professional coordinator. Enter Manhattan event planner Liv Montgomery, tired of big-city stress and looking for an idyllic spot where she and her Westie terrier, Whiskey, can put down roots. The Harvest by the Bay Festival is Liv’s first chance to prove herself, and everything from apple bobbing to pumpkin painting goes perfectly—until the body of an itinerant juggler is discovered stuffed into an antique apple press.

With a murderer on the loose, town leaders threaten to shut down the upcoming Halloween and Christmas festivals. But the town’s livelihood is at stake, and there is no way Liv is going to let that happen, even if she has to solve the murder herself. No matter how many balls she needs to keep in the air, Liv is determined to find a killer who’s rotten to the core...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425251553
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Series: Celebration Bay Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 214,872
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shelley Freydont is the author of several mystery series, including the Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, the Celebration Bay Mysteries, and the mysteries featuring Lindy Haggerty and Katie McDonald. As Shelley Noble, she is the New York Times bestselling author of several women's fiction novels. Her books have been translated into seven languages.

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“All the charm of a Norman Rockwell painting, but with a much more colorful cast of characters!”—Cynthia Baxter, author of the Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries

“A fun romp . . . filled with interesting characters and good times.”—Joyce Lavene, coauthor of the Missing Pieces Mysteries

“I fell in love with Liv Montgomery and the citizens of Celebration Bay from the very first page.”—Mary Kennedy, author of the Talk Radio Mysteries

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Foul Play at the Fair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Juggling a Murder   After the mill closed down, Celebration Bay, New York, decided to live up to its name.  The residents keep the local economy going by putting on big events to celebrate the season, no matter what the season might be.  These events have gotten so big that they’ve hired a full time event coordinator, Liz Montgomery, who has gladly moved out of Manhattan and is looking forward to settling in and enjoying her new life.   Unfortunately, her first big event is marred by murder when one of the juggling troop brought in for the harvest festival is found murdered – stuffed in an apple press on a local farm.  Even more shocking is the victim’s true identity.  With ties to the local community, suddenly everyone is looking at each other with suspicion and the future of the festivals is under attack.  Liz knows the only way to save the town she wants to call home is to find the killer.  But can she get anyone to open up to her so she can learn the truth?   When this series popped up on my radar, it sounded like fun.  After all, who wouldn’t want to visit a place where every month was a time to celebrate?  I am so glad the hook drew me in because this was an excellent debut.  The characters are already richly developed, and that made me care more about the outcome than I normally do.  In fact, I was dreading finding out who the killer was.  That made the suspense as Liz worked through the clues even higher because I felt she, and I, had a stake in the outcome, hoping it would be someone we didn’t like, yet having very few of those possibilities.  The result was absolutely wonderful, hitting the right notes.   I am kicking myself for not starting this series sooner.  If, like me, you haven’t visited Celebration Bay yet, book your first reservation today.  You’ll be making returns plans before you know it.
JMJackson More than 1 year ago
This cozy is set in small-town upstate New York where former Manhattanite Liv Montgomery is trying for a new start as the event planner for the town (Celebration Bay). Freydont does a good job exploiting the natural tensions of a nosy outsider meeting the nearly closed society of generations who grew up together. She does a great job tying in the event planner's skillset to Liv's personality and how that affects all those around her. When the dead body is pressed into action (intended pun which will be understandable after you read the book's blurb) Liv's curiosity is the wedge that threatens to split the town apart. As the story unfolds multiple suspects are unearthed, discarded and reevaluated. Some of the town's secrets are unveiled, allowing old wounds to heal. I enjoyed the read and expect Liv and Celebration Bay have many more adventures in their future.
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