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Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery [Kindle Edition]

CJ Verburg
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Lilah Easton in suburbia? Hostessing a posh dinner party? For Boston journalist Cory Goodwin, it's worth crossing New England in a blizzard to see this. How on earth did a rich science publisher tame the legendary Delilah? And what's the scoop on the conflict supposedly brewing among Bruce Easton's distinguished guests? According to Cory’s editor, it centers on Henry Howrigan, top Harvard biologist and soon-to-be-author. Does the newly widowed Olive Chute hope to lure him away to run Chute Labs? Will rising star Jeff Abels edge him out? Is Jeff sleeping with Bruce’s secretary? Is Bruce sleeping with Henry's editor, Melinda Doerr? Is it just coincidence these same guests were all here last summer when Bruce’s only son drowned in the pond? As the snow deepens, a string of nasty practical jokes spurs the party to break up--but no one can get out. Only one last unwelcome guest gets in: the drunk and uninvited Tony Cyr, whom Melinda divorced and Bruce fired. Most shocked to see Tony is Cory, who met him cold sober on the road two hours ago. When the final prank turns fatal, it's up to Cory--daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin, and the group's only outsider--to trap the killer.

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About the Author

Carol Verburg is best known as an award-winning playwright, theatre directors, author of best-selling books, and longtime producer of original "entertainments" by the artist and writer Edward Gorey. She now lives in San Francisco, where she was launched into publishing many years ago by legendary editor Howard Boyer, to whom "Silent Night Violent Night" is dedicated. Her most recent books are "Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery" and the mini-bio "Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod: Puppets, People, Places, & Plots."

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  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
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  • Publisher: Boom-Books (January 3, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly editors caught in a blizzard April 14, 2012
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The first page of Silent Night Violent Night drew me into the story with its vivid description of driving through a New England snowstorm. Cory Goodwin is trying desperately to get to her friend, Lilah's house before a blizzard strands her on the road. The tension doesn't let up when Cory reaches her goal and meets a cast of mismatched characters every one of whom has a reason for causing trouble. The blizzard keeps them trapped in the house as Cory struggles to decide whether she can trust anyone when even her best friend is acting strangely. The story never slows down and I could hardly wait to untangle all the complications and reach the satisfying ending. Highly recommended for mystery lovers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reading December 24, 2011
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Captures you from the first sentence and keeps you 'hooked' until the last period.
Terrific romp from start to finish !
All the 'clues' are there, but it still keeps you guessing!

You've done it again, Carol ! Loved it ! What a great Christmas present to me !
Many thanks with, hopefully, many more to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night and Truly Violent October 26, 2012
Silent Night Violent Night:
Carol Verburg

Gossip and a good scoop is what makes Cory Goodwin's blood pump and her keep her motor running. Deciding to venture our on a snowy night to attend a Christmas Party hosted by an old friend would prove to more hazardous than the storm. Not only that the end result would be more than getting a juicy scoop for her paper. Fifteen years between dinners is a long time and arriving at her destination is proving quite challenging for this reporter.

Lilah Darnell Easton was her role model in college. Some have people they aspire to emulate while others seek their own paths in life. Cory wanted to be like Lilah who was smart, gorgeous and brilliant. Driving to this party she begins to reflect on the past while her car peters out in the present. Gas gauge on E and no one in sight she realizes that she's in trouble. Windshield and tired covered in a blanket of snow, out there alone she needs something short of a miracle to get her where she needs to be. When out of nowhere a voice is heard and a stranger helps free her car but his identity remains unknown to Cory and the reader setting the tone for more than just a mystery.

Moving to where the action begins we hear conversations from the past, we learn more about the phone call that was made to Cory by her friend asking her to attend this party, her reflections about Lilah's life and her analysis of her husband Bruce. Reflecting on Bruce the picture painted would make even sharks in a tank swim in the opposite direction as the noun describing him is Piranha. Bruce is rich and Cory loves money. Trophy wife fits some women to a T. Cory loves gossip and her assessment of him is just the start of what has yet to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The past that bites June 12, 2012
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As a Mount Holyoke alumna myself, I especially enjoyed this classic closed-door mystery, set in Connecticut during a blizzard. Modern publishing clashes with authors' needs and expectations, and the results aren't pretty. Meanwhile, Cory Goodwin, an investigative journalist who thinks she's just going for a Christmas stay-over to reconnect with an old friend from college, gets caught up in the shenanigans. Great characters, lots of conflict, and wry insights into the effects of commerce on textbook publishing and scholarship make this a great read.

And no, I did NOT guess the ending, even though the clues were there and I usually pride myself on figuring these things out. Hope for a reunion with Cory soon.
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More About the Author

A storyteller ever since she could talk, Carol Verburg spent the 1990s collaborating on theatre projects with the late artist and writer Edward Gorey. Their friendship inspired her novel "Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery" and her multimedia memoir "Edward Gorey On Stage," as well as her play "Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians," winner of the 2012 Centenary Stage Women Playwrights' Series and the 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival. Since moving to San Francisco, Carol has worked with the legendary Eureka Theatre and Fellowship Theater Guild ("Lady Day in Love") and leads the Mechanics' Institute Library's indie publishing workshop. Her international literature collections "Ourselves Among Others," "Making Contact," and "The Environmental Predicament" have inspired thousands of college writing students. In her latest novel, "Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery," two former Mount Holyoke College comrades-in-arts grapple with the dark side of publishing.

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