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Cover art for WEEKENDS CAN BE MURDER, a cartoon of a fancy house surrounded by trees in the middle of an empty field with black birds flying away above it

Weekends Can Be Murder

By Arlene F. Marks

Paranormal mystery, 14+
312 pages

ISBN: 978-1-928011-83-5
MSRP: $22.99 CAD paperback, $4.99 ebook
Coming November 2022

Read sample: Web - PDF



Synopsis:

When murder mystery theatre becomes too real for comfort...

Firefighter Larry Holmes needs some time away. Out of other options, he agrees to take his cousin's place at a crime fiction convention. Larry doesn't like mystery novels, but he can enjoy the host resort's amenities and stay out of the way. That plan goes out the window, however, when he arrives at the venue with the convention's organizer, Selena Watt, and the close-knit Crime Club decides that with Holmes and Watt present, the game must be afoot.

The convention concludes with a staged murder mystery weekend at stately Rafferty House. Neglected for decades, the Victorian-era summer home built on an island in Georgian Bay has been restored and upgraded... mostly. At first, everything goes according to script. Then, shots are fired, people get hurt, and Larry suddenly finds himself in the middle of a real-life murder mystery.

Only a few people on the island could have done it. The police can't come soon enough and the Crime Clubbers are itching to practice their sleuthing skills, taking Larry along for the ride. But with a serving staff paid to lie and unexpected guests with unclear motives, who can be trusted?

Only Rafferty House knows--and it is not happy.



Reviews for Weekends Can Be Murder

"The story is brilliantly written. As a reader, I was lured in to the setting becoming one of the cast of characters." - Bette Walker, Leacock Medal Award Chair

"I love the hunt for clues, the sleuthing for suspects, and I absolutely revel in the final solution. I definitely did my happy dance after reading Weekends Can Be Murder." - J.M. Tibbott, author of The Pridden Saga series

"Georgian Bay provides an intriguing setting for this mystery within a mystery featuring a cranky old house, a cast of characters who aren’t what they seem and a talented bevy of amateur sleuths. Weekends Can Be Murder is a fun mash-up of haunted house, classic whodunnit and a gigantic game of Clue." - Janet Kellough, Author of The Thaddeus Lewis Mystery Series