Monday, February 19, 2018

Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley | Blog Tour with Review

The Blurb

A stage comedy becomes a behind-the-scenes murder mystery in the latest Veronica Walsh adventure.

Former soap opera actress Veronica Walsh is recovering from her first holiday season in the retail world when she is pulled from retirement to star in a community production of Blithe Spirit. Delighted to play the part of a medium, Veronica must soon also assume the role of amateur sleuth when she finds the play’s director shot dead behind the theater.

Teaming with stage manager Sophie Morrissey, Veronica’s hunt for clues to the murder of Gigi Swanson leads her to a cast of colorful behind-the-scenes characters and a stunning Act Three finale. Will it be a triumph for Veronica, or will the curtain close on more than her career?

Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley
Series: A Veronica Walsh Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: CreateSpace
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1975911865
ISBN-13: 978-1975911867
e-Book File Size: 896 KB
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The Review

I read a really good book recently, y'all — Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley, the third book in the Veronica Walsh Mystery series. Let me tell you why.

Cast for Murder is an entertaining cozy mystery starring Veronica Walsh, a retired (not by choice) soap opera diva. When the final curtain was brought down on her daytime TV drama, Veronica returns home to Barton, NY for her second act, after 32 years of playing Rachel on Days and Nights. (How she finds her second act and settles into her new role is chronicled in All Things Murder and Murder, by George.

My favorite new-to-the-series characters in Cast for Murder are Gigi Swanson the show director, and the victim (Author Jeanne Quigley calls this killing her darlings — hate it when that happens☺) and Sophie Morrissey the stage manager (and Veronica's assistant sleuth).

My favorite returning characters include Veronica, her mom Nancy, her BFF Carol Emerson, her BF (or, as Veronica puts it, "my favorite person in the world") Mark Burke, her store manager Claire Camden, and her canasta club cohorts Myrtle, Madeline, Ella, Dotsie, and Sandy.

I like how Veronica gets involved in "the case" in Cast for Murder. Instead of having to sneak around, she's encouraged to snoop by officer Tracey Brody.
"So you're the star of Blithe Spirit."
"Not the star. I'm Madame Arcati, one of the play's seven characters."
"But you'll be spending a lot of time with the group. You're in a position to help the department on this case, Veronica, and your questions indicate that you've already  started playing amateur sleuth again. Let's work together. .... You might hear something useful to us."
"I do have a fine sense of hearing." I couldn't believe Tracey was asking my help on the case rather than warning me against having even a fleeting thought about who killed Gigi.  
Veronica is well-written, engaging, and easy to like. Her supporting cast of characters are interesting, believable, and three-dimensional. The mystery in Cast for Murder is plausible, clever, and fast moving. Author Jeanne Quigley kept me guessing until the end. The finale made me smile. I really enjoyed it. 

I think you will enjoy the previous books in the series also. Book one, All Things Murder is a four-kitty read released in May 2014. The second book in the series is Murder, by George (four kitties) from May 2016. I will definitely continue with the series. I'm looking forward to reading more Veronica Walsh Mysteries. Write faster, Jeanne! 

I recommend Cast for Murder to all cozy mystery fans, especially those of you who are also fans of soap operas, canasta, community theaters, and Blithe Spirit. I totally enjoyed Cast for Murder, and I think you will too. Cast for Murder has won the Jane Reads Award for Four Kitties! 

Four out of five kitties
 Note:  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of Cast for Murder.
All opinions shared are 100% my own.

You can find an excerpt from Cast for Murder in Author Jeanne Quigley's blog post for 11/12/17, and her interview with Veronica in her 2/11/18 post.

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About Jeanne Quigley

Jeanne Quigley grew up reading mysteries, watching soap operas, and vacationing in the Adirondacks, never imagining these pleasures would inspire the Veronica Walsh cozy mystery series. Jeanne’s love of characters — real and fictional — led her to study Sociology and English at the University of Notre Dame. Jeanne has never been a soap star, but she has worked in the music industry and for an education publisher. She resides in Rockland County, New York and is a member of the Sisters in Crime.

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