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Summary

Henry and Emily Fox are jolted from their peaceful semi-retirement in the idyllic community of Sugarbury Falls, Vermont, when Emily discovers a dead body during her morning run. As if the discovery isn’t shocking in itself, Emily learns the dead body has a connection to the adult summer writing camp she is about to start teaching. 

With no apparent cause of death, Henry’s buddy, the coroner, suspects foul play. Neither Dr. Henry, nor former reporter Emily can resist solving a puzzle. As they work to solve the mystery, they discover an intricate web of relationships and motives involving the writers in Emily’s class. Along the way, they are confronted with a profound, life changing decision. Follow A Deadly Course through the first book in the Sugarbury Falls mystery series, and see if Emily and Henry make it safely to the end.

©2016 Diane Weiner (P)2021 Diane Weiner

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The pen is mighter than the sword

I really loved this book. I started with book three but enjoyed it so much I just had to go back to the beginning and find out what I had missed but don't worry the author is skilled enough that reading them out of order doesn't matter, as each book is a stand alone mystery. The characters were interesting, I especially liked that they had to buy a guild to coping with teenagers when they ended up adopting one, it added a fun aspect to the family life part of the story. The fact that Emily is a writer and met the suspects by offering interesting writing classes is a unusual occupation for the main character but I really liked it as it gave her plenty of opportunities to get information and question them. The author obviously put in a lot of planning to come up with the different sub plots and weaves them well. As for the mystery there was plenty of suspects to keep you guessing and I ended up coming up with the wrong suspect. Looking forward to the next visit at Sugarbury Falls with the Fox family.
Over the course of the summer Emily is offering writing course to would be authors but when she is out jogging and stumbles over a body she has no idea that the dead biker would turn out to be one of her students. His wife and business partner is also attending the course. With the police at a loss as to how the man died Henry, Emily's husband and a doctor at the hospital joins Emily in her investigation to work out how he died and more importantly who killed him. At the same time Emily gets news that her college roommate has died and has left Emily the soul custody of her teenage daughter. Then Emily's prime suspect in the first murder is found dead and Emily fears for her new daughters safety especially as the teenager seems to be bonding with the murdered man's young son. Is she in danger? and is the two deaths connected? Can Emily concentrate on teaching her students and find a killer at the same time?
I liked the narrator as she gave each character there own voice bring the story to life.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Wonderful Cozy Mystery

A great listen that keeps you guessing right to the end. Can't wait for book No2

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  • Rachele Solomon
  • 09-03-21

Easy read mystery

A Deadly Course is the first book in the Surgarbury Falls series.  I listened to this book as an audiobook on Audible and found the story to be well written, entertaining to the listen to, and full of mystery.  This book keeps the reader on their toes, trying to solve the mystery until the very end.  I would definitely recommend.  Looking forward to listening to the second book in this series on Audible.

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  • Janalyn
  • 25-02-21

A great start to a fun series!

Let me just say that I think the narrator Ron that gives the perfect voice to the Sugarberry falls series. In this book we find Emily after her and how Harry moved into their newly inherited cottage and she is out for a morning jog, when she stops to take in the view that is when she sees it a dead body and this is when the adventure begins. With humor in class Emily is out to solve the case with Harry’s help of course. Although I have read the books in this series I cannot wait for the rest of them to come out on audio and hope Rhonda does the narration as she is the perfect voice for the story. What a fun read I love this story and highly recommend it if you love cozy mysteries with class then you’ll love the story.

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  • enjoys a great read
  • 27-05-21

Loved it

What a great story with a wonderful narrator that made it fun to listen to. It really holds your interest and worth losing a little sleep to finish.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 05-05-21

Excellent

Emily finding a student in her summer writing class dead on a morning walk, is caused enough to investigate. He was a software mogul, was there more to that. Solving murder, an author keeps her busy. Good narration added to this enjoyable story . Given audio for my voluntary review ,