Thursday, September 9, 2021

Book Spotlight, Review, and #Giveaway ~ Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery #1) by Vicki Delany #CozyMystery @vickidelany


Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany

About Deadly Summer Nights:

Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Serie

s Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (September 7, 2021)

Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 304 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 059333437X

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0593334379

Digital ASIN: ‎ B08NT3JCXQ

A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series.

It’s the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman’s is ideal, and although Elizabeth’s ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother’s business. 

When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she’ll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed. 


Deadly Summer Nights takes place in the early 1950s. The setting is the Catskill Mountains at a resort similar one in the popular 1987 film, Dirty Dancing. I love the mystery of the murdered writer. He comes to the resort seeking solitude, which is unheard of in this particular area. When he's discovered floating face down in the lake, the local police call in the big guns. Now the local police and FBI are determined to pin the writer as a communist sympathizer, potentially ruining his family name and taking Haggerman's Catskills Resort down at the same time. 

Elizabeth is a strong woman running a resort in a time when women were looked down upon as inferior to men. As the mystery begins to unfold, she learns firsthand just how much bias there is even though it's not unheard of for women in the Catskills to run the show, so-to-speak. Elizabeth has gathered a wonderful staff of family and friends to assist in the day-to-day operations of Haggerman's. Her mother, Olivia, is the star of the resort but without Elizabeth, Haggerman's would be another failing resort in the mountains. What they don't need right now is a suspected murder of a guest and flying accusations of communism. 

The author delivered a powerful and robust mystery. Several characters were introduced as possible suspects and red herrings were strategically placed between the pages. I enjoyed the fact that this story is set pre-technology boom and there aren't smartphones, Google, or video cameras on every corner. This mystery took good old-fashioned detective and legwork to investigate and solve. The author did a great job keeping the book in line with actual happenings in the 50s. People smoked inside of buildings. Comedians were judged harshly on their inappropriateness. The clothing choices described are rarely talked about or seen anymore. 

Deadly Summer Nights is engaging, dramatic, and filled with friendship, amateur sleuthing, and a wonderful mystery. The characters, development, and world building were superb. I felt like I was in the book with Elizabeth, Olivia, Velvet, Randy, and the rest of the group. I look forward to the next book in the series. 

I was provided a copy of this book to read.



About Vicki Delany:

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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