A renaissance fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas. Though resistant to getting involved, Claire Malloy, local bookseller and mother of the perpetually petulant teen Caron, finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair. But a dark mood falls over the festivities when one of the organizers is a victim of arson, and her body is found in the burned wreckage of her rented house. Someone is definitely dead-but is it murder?
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by Joan Hess
by Patricia Cornwell
by Margaret Maron
by Linda Barnes
"When the town of Farberville, Arkansas, stages a Renaissance fair, sleuth Claire Malloy once again finds herself immersed in history, intrigue, and murder. While attempting to concentrate on her impending wedding, Claire becomes increasingly involved in an investigation after her neighbor is discovered burned to death. Complicating matters even further is the appearance of her late husband's possible long lost son. When another murder occurs, the story becomes even more convoluted. C.J. Critt delivers an entertaining performance, imbuing Claire with quirkiness and spunk. Critt smoothly alternates between belligerent teenagers and frustrated adults who prefer the world of fifteenth-century lords and ladies. Occasionally, Critt becomes strident in her tone, but her expressiveness and energy overall draw the reader in. M.H.N. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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