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Foul Play at the Fair (A Celebration Bay Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shelley Freydont
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every day is a holiday in Celebration Bay . . .

but unfortunately death doesn’t take a holiday.

As more and more tourists flock to Celebration Bay, New York, to enjoy their seasonal festivals, the town is in need of a professional coordinator. Enter Manhattan event planner Liv Montgomery, tired of big-city stress and looking for an idyllic spot where she and her Westie terrier, Whiskey, can put down roots. The Harvest by the Bay Festival is Liv’s first chance to prove herself, and everything from apple bobbing to pumpkin painting goes perfectly—until the body of an itinerant juggler is discovered stuffed into an antique apple press.

With a murderer on the loose, town leaders threaten to shut down the upcoming Halloween and Christmas festivals. But the town’s livelihood is at stake, and there is no way Liv is going to let that happen, even if she has to solve the murder herself. No matter how many balls she needs to keep in the air, Liv is determined to find a killer who’s rotten to the core . . .

Editorial Reviews


“All the charm of a Norman Rockwell painting, but with a much more colorful cast of characters!”—Cynthia Baxter, author of the Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries

“A fun romp . . . filled with interesting characters and good times.”—Joyce Lavene, coauthor of the Missing Pieces Mysteries

“I fell in love with Liv Montgomery and the citizens of Celebration Bay from the very first page.”—Mary Kennedy, author of the Talk Radio Mysteries

About the Author

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Lindy Haggerty Mysteries series and the Katie McDonald Sudoku mysteries. Shelley also writes popular romance novels under the name Gemma Bruceis. She is a past president of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers and Kiss of Death RWA chapter. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she recently worked on the films Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425251551
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A9L080
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable September 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Foul Play at the Fair" is a cozy mystery. The author was good at giving clues in a way that pulled the readers' focus away from them. I had a sense of whodunit and why, but I didn't have it all figured out by the big reveal. I appreciated that the author took the time to learn basic police and crime scene procedures.

A nice level of detail about Liv's job and the setting was woven into the story without slowing the pacing. The suspense came from Liv's worry about losing her job and from some scenes involving potential physical danger. The characters were interesting, and their motives were always clear. While they came across as realistic, we didn't get to know the characters (beyond the heroine) very well. Only the bumbling and super-arrogant out-of-town detectives came across as cliche.

There was no sex. There was a fair amount of explicit bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable New Series September 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Foul Play At The Fair by Shelley Freydont is the first in the Celebration Bay Mystery series.

Liv Montgomery has left the "fast lane" as an event planner in Manhattan and has moved to the quaint community of Celebration Bay with her Westie, Whiskey, to become the professional coordinator of seasonal festivals in Celebration Bay.

The final touches are being put on for the fair to wrap up the month long Harvest By The Bay festival. Liv and Whiskey are heading to work and almost get run over by Janine Tudor, who Liv has replaced. After, they head to the Apple Of My Bakery for some scones and a dog biscuit for Whiskey and then to the Buttercup Coffee Exchange. Off to the office and to work with Ted Driscoll on finalizing the weekend events. Liv then decides to visit Andy Miller's farm to see how the maze is coming and notices that the Zoldosky Brothers, a traveling troupe of jugglers and tumblers have already arrived and are busy practicing. Then it's off to Waterbury Farms to visit with Joss Waterbury. Joss has an apple orchard and makes and sells cider and apple related products. He plans on having a working apple press at the fair.

Then the next morning Liv gets a phone call from Ted to get over to Waterbury Farms right away. Upon arriving, she finds that one of the Zoldosky brothers has been killed and is in one of the cider presses. Of course the police want a quick resolution and they don't look to much farther the Joss. Liv doesn't feel he is the guilty party and proceeds to look into the matter. Being a small community and with her just getting settled in, people aren't to willing to share a whole lot. She tries to get the publisher of the local newspaper involved, but even he's not willing to help.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read September 15, 2012
By D. Love
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Life in her newly adopted town is like a celebration until a murder threatens her upcoming festival preparation. Fearing cancellation and her job, Liv takes it upon herself to solve this case before Celebration Bay is no longer.

This was a good read and I enjoyed the action from the start as the story moved forward. The author did a good job in keeping the mystery flowing with surprising twists and turns that kept me turning the pages as I wanted to know how it will all end. Liv is such a great character and I like that she wanted to do right by the town by finding the killer. The town of Celebration Bay with its quirky-named businesses is the perfect setting for this delightfully entertaining tale and I look forward to more festivities for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Liv Montgomery was more than happy to leave behind Manhattan's pushy, overbearing, bridezillas for quaint upstate New York's Celebration Bay. She'd taken over Janine Tudor's job as event planner and, in return, almost got run over by her nasty attitude and cream-colored Caddie. Not to worry because at least it wasn't a Yellow Cab and businesses with names like Apple of my Eye Bakery and the Buttercup Coffee Exchange promised her a much less melodramatic life than she'd been leading ... or so she thought. Liv and her partner, Ted Driscoll, were up to their ears in planning The Harvest by the Bay Festival, but soon events would take a turn for the worse and Liv would unexpectedly find herself being churned up and spit out in Celebration Bay's gossip mill.

The five Romanian Zoldosky brothers, a bunch of sleazy ex-carnies weren't high on Liv's list of favorites. When she told them to cut out the panhandling they didn't take kindly to her, nor her to them. Their attempt to intimidate her was a bit unsettling, but on the other hand vendors like Joss Waterbury, who sold "fresh cider and cider donuts" would be a joy to work with. One man who wasn't quite an ode to joy was Chaz Bristow, the owner of the town paper, "The Celebration Clarion." Ads for the festival were important, but Chaz had as much panache as Gorilla Monsoon. Such an oaf. Liv Montgomery was going to need a few swigs of hard cider before the day was done.

Cold cider quickly turned into hot murder when a clown was stuffed into one of Joss's antique cider presses. It appeared that "Mr. Zoldosky had juggled his last scarf," but upon closer examination, the corpse turned out to be none other than Pete Waterbury, Joss's long-lost, useless brother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foul Play at the Fair
The town of Celebration Bay seems just like a small Northern New York town. I ENJOYED the character of Lib and wonder where a relationship with Chaz is going
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed it
Published 4 months ago by Lesley Radcliff
4.0 out of 5 stars City Girl Goes Country
Liv Montgomery, fresh from a nightmarish career as an event arranger in New York City, has moved to the smaller upstate New York town of Celebration Bay to continue her career in a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. M Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Juggling a Murder
After the mill closed down, Celebration Bay, New York, decided to live up to its name. The residents keep the local economy going by putting on big events to celebrate the season,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Liv & Whiskey the Westie !
I really enjoyed this wonderful cozy! I first noticed it because of the fact that it has a Westie in it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tiffani-Simone Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I purchased it for the library, I did not read this book.
Published 8 months ago by Maltman Library
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better choices for mystery series.
First I need to admit I only made it to page 108.
I bought it used and it was a library discard, but it looked like it had not been read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This book's mystery draws you in for an enjoyable read. The new girl...
This really shows the difference between city and small town life as our heroine discovers. When the bad prodigal returns and ends up dead, no one feels sad. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Very entertaining
Clever, suspenseful and written well. I love to read at night and this is the perfect bedtime story!
Published 12 months ago by lori vuckovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a totally believable ending
but an interesting journey. After reading the Turkey Trot novella (whose ending was clear early on), I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of Foul Play.
Published 13 months ago by Amy
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More About the Author

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery, Celebration Bay Festival Mysteries (Berkeley Prime Crime). She also writes the Katie McDonald Sudoku murder series and Lindy Haggerty Dance Company mystery series. She has written several romance novels under the pseudonym Gemma Bruce. Her books have been translated into seven languages.

Her first women's fiction novel, Beach Colors, written as Shelley Noble, was published by William Morrow June 2012. Stargazey Point will be available July 2013.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website

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