Deadly Director’s Cut

Penguin Random House Audio. (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery, Bk. 2). Mar. 2022. 9:23 hrs. ISBN 9780593558447. $17.50. M
Delany’s charming sequel to Deadly Summer Nights transports listeners back to the 1950s Borscht Belt, where Haggerman’s Catskills Resort manager Elizabeth Grady finds herself in the midst of another mystery. Haggerman’s has been selected as a filming location for the infamously difficult director Elias Theropodous’s next movie. The project brings welcome funding to Haggerman’s precarious finances, but it also introduces a host of problems, most notably, a gaggle of demanding Hollywood actors and their officious staff. With steely resolve, Elizabeth holds her own until Elias is poisoned during a banquet. Knowing that a suspicious death could spell the end of the resort, Elizabeth sets off to find the killer before they strike again. Narrator Jennifer Van Dyck ably gives voice to the many colorful characters that make their way through the resort—aging, but elegant movie stars, suave leading men, adoring women, and blustering businessmen. Van Dyck’s narration is perfectly in tune with the setting, adding a classic, vintage feel that sets this audio apart.
VERDICT This engrossing, atmospheric cozy will appeal to existing fans of the series and newcomers alike. A great next listen for readers of Elizabeth J. Duncan, Rhys Bowen, and Frances Brody.
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