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 and writes features and profiles for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Lilac Moon, Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff and Murder Run. Among his works of non-fiction is The Actors' Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Tour guide Emily Ryder ‘s plans to shepherd her charges to an English fete are severely altered when her longtime mentor and head of the village planning commission suffers a fatal fall from a Tudor mansion. The forces aligned against her include the stonewalling of the local police, the machinations of an invasive development corporation, a runaway client and member of the village’s old guard, and the veiled motives of the owner of the Tudor mansion who resides across the ocean close to the site of the fete.
As the story opens, the opposing forces are emerging plus the need to enlist confederates here in her home base while she attempts to play both ends against the middle moving from London, Bath and the sister-village fete in the moors. Which sets up the near-impossible personal quest of righting a great wrong and initial murder while tracking down her runaway client, fulfilling her contractual obligations and dealing with even greater impending mayhem.