New England author Jacqueline T. Lynch announces the recent publication of Number Three in the Double V Mysteries series: Dismount and Murder. This “cozy” mystery series features Juliet Van Allen and Elmer Vartanian, casual partners in the business of murder—ferreting out murderers, that is—and takes place in New England in the post-World War II years.
Dismount and Murder brings us to fire-ravaged Bar Harbor, Maine, and the cool, green hills of Litchfield, Connecticut, in the summer of 1950. Elmer is called in by the heir of a wealthy estate to investigate his father’s suspicious death. It’s murder among the horsey set as a horse show sets the pace for a weekend of suspense, intrigue, high fashion, and low morals. The Korean War has started, antennas are dotting more and more rooftops. Then there’s that missing corpse. It’s the dawn of a new, unsettling day.
The first book, Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red, is about a museum heist, a missing child, a murder, a recent ex-con and an even more recent widow. In Hartford, Connecticut, 1949, Juliet Van Allen, an administrator at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Elmer Vartanian, recently released from prison, is coerced into helping scout the museum for a heist by a gang that has kidnapped his daughter. Juliet’s husband is murdered. Juliet becomes the prime suspect, and Elmer is her only alibi.
Juliet, the rebellious only daughter of a wealthy financier, is Elmer’s guide to a post-war world that has changed so much since he entered prison. He feels guilty for having missed his daughter’s childhood, for being safe when friends were killed in World War II. He’s bewildered over atomic energy, Modern Art, ballpoint pens, and frozen orange juice concentrate.
The second book in the series is called Speak Out Before You Die. It is New Year’s Eve, 1949. Guests are gathered in a snowbound Hartford mansion for the wedding of Juliet’s widowed father to an elegant younger woman just after the clock strikes midnight. When Juliet discovers what appears to be a threat to her father, she calls Elmer to pose as a hired servant to help her stop a murder.
As the series develops, so will the professional partnership, and personal relationship, between Elmer and Juliet. They will encounter other mysteries around New England. The paperback editions are available online from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, or CreateSpace. The eBook version is available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Smashwords, Diesel, Apple, and other online shops.
About Jacqueline Lynch:
Jacqueline T. Lynch’s novels, short stories, and non-fiction history books are available online as eBooks and in paperback. Several of her plays have been published and produced around the U.S., Canada, and one of which, Child’s Play, was translated into Dutch and performed several times in the Netherlands. Her drama One Good Turn premiered as a winner of the 2011 Northern Kentucky University Y.E.S. Festival. Her one-act comedy In Memory of Trixie Gazelle was chosen as a winner in the 2010 Nor’Eastern Playwright’s Showcase of the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre in Rutland, Vermont.
She has published articles and short fiction in regional and national publications, including the anthology 60 Seconds to Shine: 161 Monologues from Literature (Smith & Kraus, 2007), North & South, Civil War Magazine, History Magazine, and writes Another Old Movie Blog on classic films, and New England Travels blog on historical, cultural, and tourist attractions in New England. For more information visit her website at www.jacquelinetlynch.com