It’s summer, and Amelia is a lady in waiting. When she happens on a familiar face in a tabloid newspaper, she and Gil reminisce about another summer, long, long ago when they were teens, working with a summer stock company. There was drama that summer, along with romance. And danger. Though much has changed over the years, the danger still lurks.
Who killed Danny? Did they also kill Janey? What does it all have to do with an Adirondack hermit? And will Amelia uncover the killer’s identity before she finds herself playing a death scene?
(From Goodreads) As a teen, E.E. Kennedy nursed the dream of being a Broadway star, but since she couldn’t stand rejection, she chose being a writer instead. (Who knew?) Life has been kind to E.E. She’s married to an inventor who understands the creative process. She’s the grandmother of 5 children whose cuteness really cuts into her writing time!
She decided to start writing when she ran out of Agatha Christies and couldn’t find anything else she wanted to read. “Okay,” she said, “I’ll write something I’d want to read.” And she did. On alternate days, she thinks her work is brilliant and miserable, but she keeps at it and is grateful for her gracious publisher, Sheaf House, who seems happy to publish her mysteries. Her mission statement is a hokey one: “wholesome entertainment”.
Amelia Prentice Dickensen is back in her 3rd whodunit in Murder in The Past Tense. Still newlyweds, Amelia and Gil are expecting their baby in a few weeks. A tabloid article of a murdered theatrical agent leads them down memory lane as they relive the summer Amelia got a taste of the bright lights of Broadway. But long-buried secrets, missing persons and a murderer still at large gets the sleuthing Amelia involved despite her new mother status.
Murder in The Past Tense is a classic cozy — small town setting, a nosy and intuitive amateur sleuth and a mystery that keeps the reader guessing. Amelia is a fun character. A
grammar Nazi English teacher with a penchant for proper manners, she is by nature curious. She often stumbles onto the solutions to the mysteries she encounters, but she is determined and ingenious when she gets into trouble. I liked that we see a 15 year old Amelia for parts of the book. A bit insecure and naive, she is still Amelia through and through, sticking her nose in where it does not belong. Amelia is also a believer, and God brings her through while Scripture sustains her. Recurring characters add to the small town feel and the Lake Champlain monster also makes a brief appearance.
If you like cozy mysteries, you can’t go wrong with Miss Prentice. Murder in The Past Tense is book 3 in the series, but can be read as a standalone. But I recommend starting at the beginning.
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