Reviews of Murder & Sullivan, winner, Reader's Choice Award for Best Traditional (Amateur Sleuth) Mystery
"A neatly plotted cozy filled with deft touches: Joan's affectionate relationship with her college-age son; what to do in Indiana during a tornado; the surreal dream of knowing, even in sleep, that you have to pee. Joan's relationship with local police officer Fred Lundquist is traced in the tentative dance of older lovers, as the debris of their past (she's a widow; he's divorced) swirls about them. A bit of melodrama at the denouement doesn't mask the basic intelligence and warm charm of this series."--GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Booklist
"Murder & Sullivan, by Sara Hoskinson Frommer...invites you to kick your shoes off, hunker down on a plush cushion, and lose yourself in a rollicking, old-fashioned, down-home Hoosier-style murder. . . . Frommer excels at creating a small-town ambiance and connecting the story line of the operetta to events aswirl on both sides of the stage curtain."--Edward S. Gilbreth, Mysteries, Chicago Sun-Times
"A really good read. Don't miss it!"--Carolyn Tufford, Sunday Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN
"This is a wonderful book full of twists and turns, plotted around a Gilbert & Sullivan production of spooky 'Ruddigore' by someone who obviously loves G&S. . . . These are great books, I have re-read them all."--Alma Connaughton, Mysterious Women
"In spite of its grisly murder, this novel never loses its quaint, homespun touch. There are no strangers in this small, circumscribed world. Frommer's Spencer has less in common with Robert Parker's hard-boiled Boston private eye of the same name than she does with Jessica Fletcher."--Briefly Noted, Brown Alumni Magazine
"Truly suspenseful and chilling finale."--Publishers Weekly
"Ardent Gilbert and Sullivan followers will enjoy the Ruddigore replay." Kirkus Reviews
"The mystery begins as a tornado passes over a park through which Joan is hurrying toward her home. She saves a young girl named Laura Putnam from the storm, and sees that she arrives at her home safely. Laura's family lives just down the block from Joan and her son.
"The storm left damage to Joan's porch and her neighbors had various structural problems with their homes also. If that wasn't enough to think about, the director of the Civic Symphony persuades Joan to play viola for the local production of Ruddigore. Rehearsals begin to take up her evenings and the story unwinds.
"On opening night, little Laura's father, David Putnam, is murdered onstage. He was playing Sir Roderic, and never stepped down out of his picture frame . . .
"The author introduces each chapter with a thought from various Gilbert and Sullivan operas. 'There is beauty in the bellow of the blast, There is grandeur in the growling of the gale.--Katisha, The Mikado begins Chapter One....
"The author lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and plays viola in the Bloomington Symphony. It seems she believes in writing about what she knows; and isn't that what your English teacher told you would make a good story?"--Carol Lee Cole, Precious Nonsense, Newsletter of the Midwestern Gilbert and Sullivan Society
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