Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: In the Frame (Rosedale Investigation, #3) by Lyn Farrell

In the Frame
A Rosedale Investigation
Lyn Farrell

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
Page count: 218 pages
ISBN-10: 168492037X / ISBN-13: 9781684920372
Digital ASIN: B0B8Q11WG2



Rosedale Investigations team has two cases this time: a missing woman and a client who wants a provenance created for an antique painting. The missing woman dies in an accident but the team doubts it was accidental. Researching the century-old painting reveals that it's considered cursed and then it's stolen.

4 stars!

The Rosedale team is back with several interesting and exciting cases to solve.

In The Frame is the 3rd book in author Lyn Farrell’s mystery series featuring the good folks at Rosedale Investigations. This time the small firm is investigating, first, a missing person, then later, a suspicious death, concurrently with the fascinating search for the provenance of a valuable painting rumored to be cursed. The cases proved exciting, and the detailed activities of the detectives held my attention from start to finish.

Its recurring cast of characters, the Rosedale team, is a diverse group of individuals but, over the course of the series, have developed into a close-knit “family.” Besides the cases the company is being paid to investigate, certain members are going through some stressful life changes. I enjoyed all the subplots woven into this story. The bottom line is they all love each other beyond a workplace relationship and always have each other’s backs.

PD is distracted and on edge as the book opens. He’s reacting to a real eye-opening discovery from his past and tends to take out his anxieties on his unofficial granddaughter, Billy Jo. She is also deeply affected by these revelations, and there are some emotional moments with her trying to find her place in life and on the investigative team. Her desire for greater involvement leads to the art provenance job and places her in jeopardy.

Wayne and Lucy’s impending nuptials provide some fun moments and emotional ones as well as he searches for the younger sister with whom Lucy had lost touch. But I had to smile over the references early in the story about Wayne and PD getting their COVID vaccinations, and when it was revealed the needles made the groom, soon-to-be-married-to-a-physician, somewhat nervous.

The investigations are continually in motion, with several interesting and exciting storylines finely meshed together. The author maintains a steady, productive pace, so there is never a dull moment for the team or the reader. There are some surprising twists and turns as the cases wend their way to resolution, though, and that had me invested in the story from the first page to the last. Although readers are recommended to begin the series with the first book, this one can stand on its own.

With its found family of engaging main characters and several solid mysteries to consider, I recommend IN THE FRAME to mystery readers who enjoy complex family dramas, stories set in the Nashville area or Erie, Pennsylvania, and especially to fans of the previous books in the series.

About Lyn Farrell

Writing as both Lia Farrell and Lyn Farrell, I’ve been publishing books since 2013. I decided to become a writer in the seventh grade. My home life was chaotic and I found peace spending summers at my grandmother’s dairy farm. With little supervision, I wandered the hundred-and-twenty-acre farm and discovered the beauty and healing power of nature. Today, when I need inspiration for my stories, I take long walks. My memories of the time I spent at the farm resulted in a novel “The Cottonwoods” released on 8/21.

My first marriage ended in divorce, leaving me with two young children. Five years later, I fell in love with a divorced professor with six children. Raising that many kids required working full-time. When I retired from Michigan State University, I returned to my original dream of becoming a writer. My daughter, Lisa, and I wrote the “Mae December mysteries” using the penname of Lia Farrell. They are amusing, mental puzzles called cozies, with an element of romance. Cozies are the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. It’s a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world.

Now writing solo as Lyn Farrell, I recently published “The Blind Switch” (January 2021). It’s the first in a series about a private detective agency, Rosedale Investigations. Two of my readers’ favorite characters from the Mae December mysteries, Dory and Wayne Nichols, have starring roles in these books. “The Blind Split” (released 1/11) is the second in the series. In The Frame is the third book in the series.


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1 comment:

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review.