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Review: Deadly Summer Nights


Title: Deadly Summer Nights

Series: A Catskills Summer Resort Mystery #1

Author: Vicki Delaney

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series.


It's the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman's Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman's is ideal, and although Elizabeth's ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother's business.


When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn't so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she'll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed.


My Review: I thought this mystery was pretty well done but it lacked in a couple key places for me. I loved the setting. Summer in the Catskills sounds lovely! I liked all of the characters and would enjoy getting to know them. I also loved the handsome rival resort owner. The book was set in the 1950's, an interesting twist on the cozy mystery, but parts of it felt a little too modern to me. Not in the setting but in the vibe of the characters if that makes sense? I forgot it was set in that time period until communism was brought into the mix. I also felt that the mystery itself was a little weak. I did however enjoy the book and will check out book two to see if those kinks are ironed out because it has potential!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*