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Journalist Emily Garland gets a coveted assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in the small town of Lount’s Landing. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. One of them is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street. When suspicious deaths occur, Emily determines to unravel the truth together with her new friend Arabella.
Things are not always what they seem – this is an apt way to describe how I feel about The Hanged Man's Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk. Fellow mystery fans would find this whodunit novel from Sheluk a cozy one. I can easily imagine it as an enjoyable mystery TV drama. Her characters are engaging; protagonist Emily is a level-headed, intelligent, tough girl, who also has some moments of weakness, with her intriguing back story about her mother’s death. I did feel that the number of characters was too many in the beginning, but everything tied up well in the end. Sheluk’s prose brings the setting of Lount’s Landing to life in the most vivid way possible. The plot is intricate and well-executed. It will have mystery fans poring over each clue diligently in order to figure out the perpetrator. All in all, this is a solid and engrossing debut for Glass Dolphin Mysteries.