Reviews of Death Climbs a Tree


DEATH CLIMBS A TREE by Sara Hoskinson Frommer (St. Martin's) New development is threatening the natural environment, and the tree huggers are out in force. Actually, a first violinist for Joan Spencer's orchestra is living in a tree in protest. When Joan and her son Andrew witness Sylvia's fall, Andrew decides to take her place. Like all mothers would be, Joan is concerned about her son and she visits the site often. One morning while looking for morels (her excuse for a visit), she discovers something that makes her wonder if the fall was accidental. Clashes between environmentalists and builders, struggles in the workplace, and blending families combine to make DEATH CLIMBS A TREE an all-too-believable contemporary tale.
    -- Molly Weston- Meritorious Mysteries


"I can't play the concert," violinist Sylvia Purcell informs Joan Spencer, the Oliver Civic Symphony manager, at the start of Frommer's sixth Joan Spencer mystery (after 2002's Witness in Bishop Hill). "I have to sit in a tree." Sylvia's protest against the development of a wooded area for low-income housing turns deadly when she falls out of the tree in front of Joan and her son, Andrew. Evidence Joan finds points quickly to murder, with Andrew a prime suspect. Joan's husband, police detective Fred Lundquist, doggedly pursues the case, which is complicated by mysterious nocturnal lights in the woods. Meanwhile, amateur sleuth Joan's nosing around leads her to a dangerous confrontation with the killer. Low-key suspense and likable characters make this an enjoyable, if not compelling, read for cozy fans.
    -- Publishers Weekly, Aug. 2005


Sara Hoskinson Frommer delivers a solidly satisfying, character driven, small town cozy that addresses not only environmental issues but aging, workplace harassment and the impact of death on family and friends left behind. A very enjoyable read.
    -- Sally Powers--I Love a Mystery July/August 2005

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