Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Mad, Mad, Murders of Marigold Way by Raymond Benson -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they are reading this week. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

Friends, this is a little tale about some murders.
-- from The Mad, Mad, Murders of Marigold Way by Raymond Benson (2022, Beaufort Books).

This new dramedy mystery comes out next week, on October 4, and is available for pre-order now. Not only is the book brand new, the story is set in a Chicago suburb during the covid pandemic, so feels like it takes place right this minute.

I scored an ARC from the LibraryThing early reviewer program. It looks like a perfect book to read during the October spooky season. Not too scary but just enough to put me in the mood for Halloween!


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From The Mad, Mad, Murders of Marigold Way:
As the truck approached, it slowed down. It crept past the empty Wilkins house, and then slowly moved on in front of Scott's home towards Temple Avenue. 

For Scott Hatcher, a former television writer turned struggling novelist with a failing marriage to boot, social-distancing and mask-wearing feel like fitting additions to his already surreal life. When his wife Marie and neighbor John Bergman disappear in the middle of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Scott is naturally mystified and disturbed, but he is also about to learn that his picturesque neighborhood hides more than just the mundane routines of suburban life.

When a fire claims the empty house for sale next door, the entire community is shocked when the charred remains of Marie and John are found inside. Stranger still, stockpiles of valuable Personal Protection Equipment, clearly stolen, were destroyed in the blaze alongside them. As the neighborhood reels from the loss, Scott and Bergman's earthy and enticing widow, Rachel, not only find themselves under investigation for the crime, but also inexorably drawn to one another. As tensions reach a fever pitch, the tale—which is at once familiar and ordinary, yet bizarre and eerie—shows that, just like life in 2020's uncertain times, dread and danger lurk below the hidden underside of everyday suburbia.


  1. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me title. I'm going to take a closer look at it.

  2. The anonymous comment above is from me, Catherine @ Book Club Librarian.

  3. This sounds really good.

  4. I absolutely adore that opening, it's so inviting and yet lets you know immediately that some mayhem will occur! I hope you enjoy it and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. I do love a good murder mystery! I'll have to check this one out. Happy Friday!

  6. That sounds like a great book - and definitely makes me think of Halloween!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  7. Wow. The book's description sounds like a great mystery. Enjoy. The Cartographers is this week's featured book

  8. I love that opening line! Happy weekend!

  9. This sounds like a good book but I don't know whether I'm ready to read about Covid just yet.


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