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The Dead Past (Felicity Grove Mysteries) Hardcover – June, 1997

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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"...well-written, page-turning, thoroughly satisfying murder mystery." -- Eclectic Book Reviews

"Piccirilli takes us places that few mystery writers are willing to visit ..." -- Mystery News

"This is one of the best written and most enjoyable mysteries I've read in a long time." -- Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine

About the Author

Tom Piccirilli is a full-time writer, editor and reviewer for several magazine and publications. He has received numerous nominations for his stories and novels. This is Tom's second mystery for Write Way; his first, Shards, joins the list with three other previous works.
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Product Details

  • Series: Felicity Grove Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Write Way Pub; 1st edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885173288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885173287
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,012,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
TDP is a mystery that I couldn't put down, it has rich, vibrant characters and funny dialogue and nuances that most novels can't touch. TDP opens with a 4 am phone call to Jon Kendrick from his grandmother. She tells him she found a body in her trash can. Jon then goes home to Felicity Grove to help solve the crime. See, Jon and his grandmother are a tag team of amateur sleuths who have solved a few of the crimes that have occurred in the small town of Felicity Grove. Suffice to say, I read this one in one 3 hour sitting. The characters are so flamboyant and unique that I enjoyed finding out what happened next. The dialogue pops and snaps so crisply, I found myself yelling and/or laughing out loud. And the plot is so full of surprises and twists that I didn't figure out what was really going on until the very end...and then I couldn't believe it. Highly Recommended.
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My third Piccirilli book, THE DEAD PAST, A Felicity Grove Mystery (I see there is a second one), was good but not as good as his newer stuff, at least for me. I had a hard time with the police being so cooperative and I didn't see all the humor that other reviewers did. The story was good but nothing I would rush out and give to a friend. Piccirilli has better work. Jon and his grandma were not a dynamic team for me. THREE AND A HALF STARS
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The call came at about four in the morning, and Jonathan Kendrick knew it was one of two people: his ex-wife, complaining about some new biker-boyfriend, or his eccentric grandmother. And it was his grandmother, Anna, who called for him to come and visit... since a body was found, stuffed in a trashcan, in her front yard.
Jonathan flew to Felicity Grove (thus why this is known as a 'Felicity Grove novel'), to see if he could calm Anna down - not that she needed it, being the cool character (and mystery fan) that she was. In time, he discovers the root of a twenty year old mystery, gains a girlfriend, and solves the mystery of why Anna's yard was chosen as the final resting place of Richie Harraday... and one of Jonathan's old friends.
This book has quite a good plot, including many amusing things... such as the main character being a bookstore owner, and a mystery fan as a grandmother. Really, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book, except for the dialogue. It was all rather stilted, and featured some completely unbelievable characters. For instance, Anna is a fan of complex talk... but how many people have ever heard a person mention the word "garish" in common place conversation? But that's all excusable, for how good a book this is. Check it out (if you can find it, of course)!
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Format: Hardcover
TDP is a mystery that I couldn't put down, it has rich, vibrant characters and funny dialogue and nuances that most novels can't touch. TDP opens with a 4 am phone call to Jon Kendrick from his grandmother. She tells him she found a body in her trash can. Jon then goes home to Felicity Grove to help solve the crime. See, Jon and his grandmother are a tag team of amateur sleuths who have solved a few of the crimes that have occurred in the small town of Felicity Grove. Suffice to say, I read this one in one 3 hour sitting. The characters are so flamboyant and unique that I enjoyed finding out what happened next. The dialogue pops and snaps so crisply, I found myself yelling and/or laughing out loud. And the plot is so full of surprises and twists that I didn't figure out what was really going on until the very end...and then I couldn't believe it. Highly Recommended.
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As always, Tom Piccirilli capably brings his characters to life thorugh the use of the secrets in their pasts, their complex emotional make-ups, and moral integrity. This story speeds along giving us an intensely personal view of the protagonists and some amazing action scenes. Definitely pick it up.
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Format: Hardcover
When Thomas Wolfe said you can never go home again, he obviously he
had not met Jonathan Kenders, his crippled grandmother Anna, or her
Doberman Anubis. Nor had Mr. Wolfe been to the small upstate New York
town of Felicity Grove, population under 10,000. Jonathan might occasionally
visit the town, but in the past six years with the help of Anna, he has
tracked down two blackmailers, a child-napper, and three murderers,
including the person who killed his own parents. When Anna asks him to come home
again, Jonathan knows that trouble awaits him in Felicity Grove.
....... A body of a young thug has been found stuffed in Anna's garbage
can. This has Jonathan speeding home to protect his beloved relative
from any possible danger and to find the answers to their newest
"case". Jonathan's theory is that the corpse in the can has nothing to do with him or his grandmother. However, that assumption is quickly destroyed when a
second corpse is found in the can. Jonathan knew the second victim and
is determined to discover the identity of the culprit, no matter how much dirt he has to rake up or what long buried secrets have to be exposed.
...... Tom Piccirelli is a genius at characterization. In Jonathan he has
created the paradoxical mix of a heroic everyman, who wants to ignore
murder, but his conscience that will not let him. His sardonic wit
makes THE DEAD PAST a great read. The serpentine story line has more twists than a meandering river; thereby making it nearly impossible to predict where
it will finish. This novel is simultaneously mesmerizing, frightening,
and poignant, turning it into a brilliant who-done-it.

.....Harriet Klausner
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