Reviews: The Hanged Man’s Noose

In her first novel, Judy Penz Sheluk has written a well-crafted mystery in the classic tradition. A small town with a dark past, its inhabitants full of secrets, a ruthless developer, and an intrepid reporter with secrets of her own come together to create a can’t-put-down-read. I look forward to the further adventures of Emily Garland and Lount’s Landing.
Vicki Delany, bestselling author of the Constable Molly Smith series.

Compelling characters with hidden connections and a good, old-fashioned amateur sleuth getting in over her head without the distraction of cats, spirits, or recipes makes Judy Penz Sheluk’s Glass Dolphin series one to read. Upon turning the last page of The Hanged Man’s Noose, I wanted to hop in the car and drive straight away to Lount’s Landing, sit down in the tavern that lent its name to the title, and start quizzing the characters on what was going to happen in the sequel.
James M. Jackson, author, Seamus McCree series

In her debut thriller, Judy Penz Sheluk introduces us to Emily Garland, a feisty reporter sent to a small town to uncover the fraudulent schemes of a big city developer. But everyone, including Emily’s boss, has a secret agenda. And some of those secrets are deadly…
Janet Bolin, National bestselling author of the Threadville Mysteries

A thoroughly engaging debut mystery … well-plotted, well-paced and just plain well done!
Elizabeth J. Duncan, award-winning author of the Penny Brannigan mystery series and Shakespeare in the Catskills mysteries

Emily Garland is sent to a small Canadian town about to be invaded by a mega-store to work on a magazine. She has reason to dislike the developer—and apparently, so do many others in town. As the body count rises, Emily needs to figure out who killed who, and why. Replete with twists and turns, the story keeps the reader guessing right up to the end. Highly recommended!
J.E. Seymour, author, Kevin Markinson series

Dedicated journalist Emily Garland arrives in Lount’s Landing to find that long-buried secrets are threatening her new friends–and her own life. The story won’t let you go until you’ve raced through the pages and unraveled all the mysteries.
Kaye George, author, the Fat Cat and Cressa Carraway Musical Mystery series

The start of a new series and with a digital price that can’t be beat. What more could you ask for?

“Things aren’t always what they seem”—a necessary proviso for any great mystery, and Judy Penz Sheluk has done a masterful job holding true to this idiom in The Hangman’s Noose. {Read the full review here}
Kathleen Kaska, author, the Sydney Lockhart mysteries

A tweet about an interview with editor Lourdes Venard led me to freelance reporter and author Judy Penz Sheluk’s blog site and the discovery of her debut mystery novel, THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE.

These opening lines of the book’s synopsis hooked me:
Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th-century Canadian traitor. {Read the full review here}.
Gail M. Baugniet, author, Pepper Bibeau mysteries.

Newspaper Reviews

The Toronto Star, October 31, 2015
WHODUNIT: Jack Batten

“In her first book, Toronto writer Judy Penz Sheluk probably scores a record for the most characters with skeletons in the closet. Set in a small Ontario town, the story is all about an urban interloper’s plans to build a big box store in town, thereby threatening its existing economy. In the resulting turmoil, strange deaths take place, each bringing several suspects who carry the baggage of secret pasts. Even the sleuth figure, an investigative reporter, guards a personal mystery in a book whose author hits large in the business of concocting secrets.” {Read it online here}

Magazine Reviews

Canadian Antiques & Vintage: November-December 2015


Blogger Reviews

A great review by Noelle Granger, who blogs at SaylingAway. Noelle is part of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and only reviews books she has purchased, which makes this one all the more special. So many reviewers are given free copies.

Click on the rose to read the review.

The review was reblogged by Judith Barrow

A 5-Star review, this time on Go Book Yourself. The review was written by Hannah Leslie, who lives in Scotland! Click here to read it.

This Review on Barnes & Noble made my day…just have to share it here

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.
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