Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tour Stop | Broken Strings by Nancy Means Wright

Book Title: Broken Strings
Author: Nancy Means Wright
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours 


When puppeteer Marion collapses during a performance of Sleeping Beauty, her friend Fay Hubbard promises to carry on. But Fay already has her hands full with three demanding foster children, Apple and Beets, who have a fractious jailbird father—and sixteen-year-old Chance, who has a crush on a much older guy in a band called Ghouls. And now Marion’s husband Cedric seems more interested in a drop-dead-gorgeous French teacher than in any string puppets. And who is the mysterious Skull-man who warns of death if the show goes on with one of Marion’s offbeat endings? When an autopsy reveals that Marion had swallowed a dose of deadly crushed yew—and a friend finds her sister dangling from a rod like a marionette, a shocked Fay goes after the killer.


“But I just got here,” Fay said. “We haven’t had a chance to talk.”

“I’m sorry,” the aide said.

“Both her daughters were killed,” Fay said. “We need to find out who did it. She might have some memorabilia in her room that could offer a clue.”

The aide thought about it. She stuck a tongue in her cheek, then blew out a breath.

“You can look in her room, number twenty-one. Unfortunately, she shares it with the woman who took her puppet. We might have to switch them.”

“Please do,” Fay said, remembering her own mother after the breast cancer surgery. Her own quiet mother in a bed without a window, between two women who had roomfuls of visitors. It cost two months’ savings, but Fay had her mother moved to a single. Once she found her mother staring out the window, quoting from Robert Frost. “For once then, something,” she whispered. What was that “something?”

Now her quirky brain gave back what the psychic had said about Beauty. Stormy had seen a cave, and inside, a marionette with long leafy vines attached to its head, shoulder, and limbs. And then “in front of my very eyes,” Stormy said, Beauty began to age. Till the vines turned brown and snapped like twigs. “Maybe you can make something of it," she’d told Fay. “I can’t. I’m just a psychic. The visions go through me like chocolate.”

Fay couldn’t think of any caves Marion would have gone into. Except the cave of her own mind. Once Fay had played a blind woman who lived almost entirely in her mind. She’d gone around for days with a blindfold, and tried to move back into her past and it was like a cave. One rehearsal she’d keeled over in a dead faint, she was so frightened.

Nancy Means Wright has published 17 books, including 6 contemporary mysteries from St Martin’s Press and two historical novels featuring 18th-century Mary Wollstonecraft (Perseverance Press). Her two most recent books are the mystery Broken Strings (GMTA publishing) and Walking into the Wild, an historical novel for tweens (LLDreamspell). Her children’s mysteries have received an Agatha Award and Agatha nomination. Nancy lives in Middlebury with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats.

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