Murder Run by Shelly Frome:Publisher: Sunbury Press (August 15, 2015) Category: Mystery, Detective, Amateur Sleuth, Crime Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015 ISBN: 978-1620066164 Available in: Print & ebook, 244 Pages Murder Run centers on Jed Cooper, a wayward handyman grappling with the untimely death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the Connecticut hill country until this twisty conundrum finally plays itself out.
Praise for 'Twilight Of the Drifter' by Shelly Frome:"This is a thoughtful, careful study of the south in a way that makes a time and a place come alive. One thing I liked especially about it is the dialogue and the pacing of the narrative. Frome is writing from deep understanding and with a skill that is enviable. A good mystery from a good writer."-Lee Jacobus, LeeJacobus.com "Rich in southern history and mystery."- Patricia Gligor, Author of 'Mixed Messages' & 'Desperate Deeds' "Shelly Frome's southern fried literary characters in "Twilight of the Drifer" haunt the reader like a stirring and heartfelt Blues song. This crime story loses no time in transporting the reader into the dark underbelly of the gritty world of the Missisippi Delta. Mr. Frome's vivid and picturesque use of description paints one unforgettable reading experience."- Gerry Corn, Amazon Reviewer
Praise for 'Tinseltown Riff' by Shelly Frome:"Capture Real Energy Reading This Fast Moving and Intriguing Book!"- Jo-Anne Vandermeulen, Author of ' Conquer All Obstacles' "Tinseltown Riff by Shelly Frome took me on a trip through the movie industry that was a surprise and a lot of fun. Not your typical Hollywood story. On this wild ride through the industry, you'll be watching over Ben's shoulder as he does his best to make it in the Big Time, only to trip and fall, time and time again. I recommend this story to readers looking to get away from it all, who are looking for an adventure, and who want to be entertained."- A. McGraw, Amazon Reviewer "Tinseltown Riff is an amazing collage of false and failed people trying to make it in the superficial atmosphere of Hollywood. Caught in their own world of make believe the oddball characters shuffle the deck and don't always come up with a full one. Scam artists feast on the likes of Ben trying to draw his way back into the movie world, and failed actresses trying to recreate themselves. Add in a hit man from the Vegas mob on the prowl for lost drugs, records and money. This unusual mix of offbeat characters makes for entertaining reading and intrigue."- Julian Stuart Haber, Author, 'A Nail In The Body of Christ' and 'Blood Avenger'
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
After years of playwriting, it finally dawned on me that I could go anywhere with a novel, even inside any given characters thoughts and, perhaps best of all, there was no casting problem. In fact, characters always showed up, were perfect for the part and, more often than not, said and did things that were totally surprising as they moved things along.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
If you count the moment of inspiration when some set of circumstances or dynamic begins to take over my imagination, and all the daydreaming that takes place, plus the first, second and polished draft before the editor gets hold of it, probably a year and a half.
3. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
There are periods during the day when I ruminate over gaps in the storyline and
unfinished business followed by hours in the afternoon when I fill in the gaps and
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Probably the fact that I tend to see everything in stage and cinematic terms as evidenced by my film column in Southern Writers Magazine. In fact, readers often tell me that reading one of my novels is like watching a movie.
5. How do your books get published?
I have to wait until I find a publisher that likes my work or writes “I’m definitely a fan of this piece.” At present, this is my third crime novel with one publisher and another is interested in my transatlantic village cozy and called for a few pointed revisions.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A creative writing instructor in the Midwest advised that you should try not to write. When some haunting dilemma or quest stays with you and just won’t let go, then you’re ready to start. I suppose that advice certainly applies to me in the form of unfinished business that I can only resolve by putting certain imaginative forces out there on a collision course and let it all play out.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I turned a play about a Native American vision quest into a short novel and I’m not sure how old I was. I am sure I’d begun my college teaching at the time.
8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Lately, I’ve enjoyed tooling around in my British racing green MG and exploring the back hills of my new home town of Black Mountain, NC in the Blue Ridge. It feels like a leisurely escapade in some old British movie
9. What does your family think of your writing?
The only clue I’ve gotten is from my sister-in-law and nephews who think I’m not like everybody else. I take off into some other realm and somehow bring it to life. I’d like to think that’s a compliment since they do read my work.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That links and connections I never previously thought of. For instance, I attended a high school reunion in Miami Lakes and the setting and oncoming tropical storm were so pervasive, they soon found their way in this latest venture and turned into a vital encounter.
11. How many books have you written?
Three on playwriting, screenwriting and an exploration of the true Actors Studio and six crime novels. .
Which is your favorite?
It’s not that Twilight of the Drifter is my favorite. It’s just that it’s much deeper in
scope and, given the theme and historical and social consequences, probably the
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are
If you can avoid the commercial potboilers and, at the same time, find a genre or
style of writing you truly admire and get a feel for the elements you’re taken with—
setting, character development, depth and scope of what’s at stake, through-line
pacing and rhythm, etc., you can establish standards to aim for. And try to stay
away from local writing and critique groups unless you just want to know if there
were moments of confusion or times the listeners lost the thread or just plain didn’t
Of course, if you can get hold of a bone fide professional editor with impressive
credentials in your field, that’s always a good way to go.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
They like the way I immediately draw them in and they find the characters lively and the given circumstances engrossing. On the other hand, there are those who say “this is not your standard-issue mystery” or “Southern gothic” and, admittedly, I don’t know what to do with those comments.
14. Do you like to create books for adults?
I guess my ideal reader has to be an adult or someone who has enough life
experience to relate to and grasp the meaning of all this.
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Jed Cooper is a handyman who is trying to deal with his employer and her too early death. This is a mystery that takes place in many different places. I really liked the storyline and I liked the way that the characters acted with each other. I like to read books by author Shelly Frome. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.