A Letter from Shelley Freydont
Have you ever had the urge to do something different with
your life? I have and did. I was a professional dancer in
New York City, then moved to the suburbs of New Jersey to
raise two wonderful children and I began writing mysteries.
It’s been great, but there was a huge learning curve.
And that’s just what happened to Liv Montgomery in the
first Celebration Bay Mystery, Foul Play at the
Liv was a successful event planner in Manhattan. Only two
months ago she’d just pulled off the event of the
season: The wedding of the daughter of a well heeled,
bad-mannered financier and his demanding, socialite wife.
And the daughter? Have you ever watched that television
And something in Liv just said “Enough!” No more
bridezillas, no more mad men, no more desperate housewives.
She answered an ad, packed up herself and her Westie
terrier, Whiskey, and moved to a little upstate town named
Celebration Bay, Where Every Day’s A Holiday.
Liv is the new town event coordinator and her first
assignment is the Celebration Bay Harvest Festival. Oh
Yeah. She has so-o-o-o much experience with Harvest
Festivals. The only apples she’s familiar with are
computers and the Big One—NYC.
But like any good event planner, Liv has come prepared.
Goodbye power suits and four inch heels. Hello LL Bean
catalogue. So maybe she went a little overboard. Whiskey
certainly thinks so. He refuses to wear his Tartan plaid
But they both agree on one thing. Celebration Bay is a
great place to live and work. In Whiskey’s case, live
and work means sleeping, eating, being cute, and hiding
under the bed when it’s time for exercise. Her
landladies, Miss Ida and Miss Edna Zimmerman adore him, and
they’re pretty nice to Liv, too.
Liv and Whiskey love stopping at the Apple of My Eye Bakery
every morning where Dolly Hunnicutt always has a special
doggie treat for Whiskey and something delicious for Liv and
her assistant, Ted, a man of a certain age and a mysterious
Life would be perfect except for three things:
Janine Tudor, the former event planner who Liv replaced and
who wants revenge. Oh Janine. Don’t mess with a
Chaz Bristow, the editor of the local newspaper. He looks
like a surfer dude, used to be an investigative reporter,
but only cares about fishing when he should be helping Liv
solve the third thing:
Murder. Murder? Really? Liv is from New York City. She
never had to deal with murder back in the Big Apple. But
she isn’t daunted. She’ll just apply her event
planning skills to get the job done, because nobody messes
with her new town, her new job, and her new friends.
Liv and I would love for you to share her adventures
starting September 4, with Foul Play at the Fair.