Reviewed by Cherie Jung
Over My Dead Body -- a murder magazine
That’s when I finished reading A DEADLY DEED GROWS. (I had not intended to stay up all night reading this book. I had intended to read a few pages before going to sleep and continue reading it in a day or two; especially because it contains two of my least favorite things when it comes to mysteries – Florida settings and lawyer characters.)
Such were my intentions. However, only minutes into reading the book, the author had my full attention and kept it until the very last page.
Mira Stanley travels to Cape San Blas, Florida in an attempt to stop an unscrupulous land developer from swindling her bosses’ eccentric aunt, Claire, out of her home. If she succeeds, Mira hopes to get a promotion out of the assignment. Time is quickly running out. The developer plans to begin bulldozing the property in just a few days. Mira’s presence in town and her snooping into the affairs of the developer put her on a collision course with more than one person. Who can she trust?
In A DEADLY DEED GROWS the author strikes just the right balance between suspense, action, and romance (or the possibility of romance). Not an easy task when blending those three elements. Quite often an author veers one way or the other too far and misses the mark. A DEADLY DEED GROWS isan exciting and satisfying read with a cast of memorable characters, an interesting setting, plenty of twists and turns, and all of the loose ends tied up as they should be.
While reading A DEADLY DEED GROWS, I was reminded of the enjoyment I experienced reading Mary Stewart’s novel THE MOONSPINNERS when I first began reading mysteries and romantic suspense. (Yes, I’m that old!) I’m not saying Ms. Long writes like Mary Stewart just that she has that same writing ability to spin an interesting tale while keeping the reader turning pages in an adrenalin rush.
Dying to Dream has it all, murder, intrigue, “will they or won’t
they” romance and ghosts who help solve a century old mystery.
With memorable characters, living and dead, this paranormal
mystery will delight fans of the genre or any reader looking for
a book they can’t put down. -- Michael Murphy author, Goodbye Emily
“You can’t help but feel the Louisiana heat, the passions at play
between the various characters … Murder, death, intrigue, and
a touch of romance… What more could a reader ask for? …
a satisfying reading experience, perfect for a long lazy weekend
or summertime treat.” -- Cherie Jung, Over My Dead Body!
“Two feuding families, an aunt who practices voodoo, and ghosts
who beg for justice -- a delicious mystery that twines through
generations and tangles its characters into a knot of deceit,
blackmail, and murder … Let this story carry you away!”
— Sand Pilarski, editor, The Piker Press
Long’s ‘Dying to Dream’ continues psychic theme
Among Uniontown author Kathryn Long’s previous books are the comic Lilly M. mystery series about a sort-of clairvoyant woman who lives with her meddling extended family in a town that very closely resembles Barberton. Long’s new novel Dying to Dream carries over the psychic theme into darker intrigues with a deep southern flair.
The main character is Marin Seurat, who’s relocated to Quebec but has been fetched home to Louisiana by her cousin, Charlene. There’s a curse on their family and a possible hidden treasure that Marin may be able to find by watchful attention to her dreams and the occasional visits of ghosts. A more immediate issue is the apparent suicide of Marin’s former flame’s father, who was despondent after his fishing business was destroyed by the Gulf oil spill. Was it really murder, and can Marin and Trent recapture their romance?
The cousins’ wily, interfering Tante Louise, who practices voodoo and usually is mixing up a gris-gris, and a stranger who’s competing with Trent for Marin’s attentions work into the plot. The narrative is sprinkled with French Creole expressions.
Barbara MacIntyre -- Akron Beacon Journal Life Section 7/14/13
Review: Green author mixes comedy into mystery
Published: August 14, 2011 - 01:54 AM
Whips, Cuff and Little Brown Boxes, A Lilly M. Mystery by Kathryn Long.
The provocative title and red stiletto shoes on the cover of Green author Kathryn Long’s comic mystery Whips, Cuffs and Little Brown Boxes make it appear to be an erotic novel, but it’s comparatively wholesome.
Lilly Millenovanovich (her name surely is a tribute to Janet Evanovich, author of the mystery series featuring dizzy bounty hunter Stephanie Plum) is a novelist with three surrogate mothers and a huge extended family, none of whom can get through a day without calling, visiting, needing a favor or asking when she’s getting married. Lilly is a little bit clairvoyant, but her readings happen sporadically and are not all that accurate, so her gift is like that broken clock that’s right twice a day.
Irene, Lilly’s primary “Mom,” calls to tell her that her secondary mom, Aunt Fran, is missing. Lilly’s secret boyfriend, policeman Kline, is on the job, but it goes without saying that Lilly will be doing some snooping, when she has time between spying on Cousin Paulie for Aunt Sadie and dodging the neighbor who thinks he’s Davy Crockett, posted on his balcony with his musket.
There’s plenty more going on in this frenetic plot — a mystery Harley rider, a series of robberies, a beautiful assassin … the whips and cuffs of the title don’t appear for quite a while, but the language makes the book a PG-13. The town of Barton must represent Long’s hometown of Barberton, down to the lake in the center of town.
Whips, Cuffs and Little Brown Boxes (339 pages, softcover) costs $12.50 from online retailers, and also is available as an e-book. Kathryn Long holds bachelor’s degrees in French and education from the University of Akron.