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Foul Play at the Fair: 05/19/21

Foul Play at the Fair

Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont is the start of the Celebration Day mystery series. Event planner Liv Montgomery has gotten her dream job allowing her to move from New York City. Liv's first event is an autumn fair but on her second day she finds the body of a man in a cider press.

First books in a mystery series have to do a lot of work in about three hundred pages. They have to introduce the main character and their specific skills that will aid in solving this and future mysteries. The secondary characters will also need introducing. If the setting is a small town, then it an its cultural dynamics will need establishing.

Although Liv is introduced with a specific job— event planner— almost no time is spent showing her doing her job. Instead, she jumps right into her sleuthing. Without the time spent establishing the town and Liv's new life, I found the mystery extremely tedious.

The second book in the series is Silent Knife (2013).

Two stars

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