Sunday, September 6, 2015


I'm so thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for 
author Shelley Freydont and her new book
Book 4 in the Celebration Bay Mystery series

The author of Independence Slay invites readers back to Celebration Bay for Halloween festivities with more tricks than treats…

This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.

But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized ... and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

A word from Shelley

Meet The Folks of Celebration Bay

One of the very best things about writing a mystery series, is not the murder, but getting to know the people who populate the stories.

Take the people of Celebration Bay, New York. They give new meaning to the meaning of Yankee ingenuity. When the cannery closed, they’d didn’t despair, they threw a party. And from that party sprang the idea of becoming a destination town. Years later they’ve gotten to be such a tourist attraction, they had to hire a professional event organizer.

Enter Liv Montgomery overworked and underappreciated event planner to the movers and shakers of Manhattan.

She’s burned out and fed up; so she applied for the job and soon she and her Westie Terrier, Whiskey, were on their way to their new home.

It’s idyllic, just the way she imagined a country existence. She lives in a cute little carriage house at the back a large Victorian mansion owned by her two landladies, Ida and Edna Zimmerman, retired schoolteachers, dog lovers, and enthusiastic arm chair, CB radio-listening detectives.

Ted Driscoll, Liv’s assistant (read right hand man) came with the office. He’s a man of certain age and mysterious past who loves holiday sweaters and singing. This season he’s teaching Whiskey to yowl the theme from the Addam’s Family.

Sherriff Bill Gunnison is slow but thorough unless his sciatica is acting up. Then the citizens of Celebration Bay feel it’s their duty to give the investigation a helping hand.

Dolly and Fred Hunnicutt own the Apple of My Eye bakery. Dolly dresses to the holiday and bakes to the season. You’ll never go without a cranberry muffin or a pumpkin pie in Celebration Bay.

Liv’s best friend, BeBe Ford is owner and barista of the Buttercup Coffee Exchange. Another newcomer to the area—she’s only lived there for twelve years—BeBe entered fully into the spirit of things and will serve you up a Monster Mocha Macchiato faster than you can say Trick or Treat.

Every heroine has to have a nemesis and Liv has Janine Tudor, who used to run the festivals as a volunteer and now does whatever she can to make Liv’s life difficult.

And lest we forget our hero—or two. Chaz Bristow looks like a surfer dude out of water. He runs the local paper, The Celebration Bay Clarion , but he rather be fishing. And just because he used to be an investigative reporter in Los Angeles, doesn’t mean he’s willing to help Liv solve a murder.

For that she has A. K. Pierce, a marine and head of Bayside Security, whose team of highly trained men and women keep the crowds safe. For the most part.

If they could just get rid of those pesky murders . . . .


In more than plenty of time for Halloween, TRICK OR DECEIT is the perfect book to read for the season. But I bet you won’t last that long before you read this installment of the Celebration Bay Mystery series.

It’s October in Celebration Bay and murder and mischief was not supposed to be on the agenda for event coordinator Liv Montgomery. Well, not the real thing anyway. But that doesn’t stop it from happening.

Halloween is my favorite holiday setting for cozy mysteries. I mean, how perfect, right? And author Shelley Feydont takes full advantage of the holiday to write a delightful mystery that is tricky to figure out and a real treat to devour. TRICK OR DECEIT was a great whodunit with more surprises than candy in a trick or treat bag, and had me second guessing myself right up until the thrilling conclusion.

Don’t be afraid to pick up this Halloween cozy. You’re going to love it! And I look forward to what author Frydont has in store for us next. 

Available Now!

Shelley is giving 2 print copies of 

2 winners will chosen by random draw through 
Rafflecopter at the end of the tour on September 10. 
This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.

About the author

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery, Celebration Bay Festival Mysteries (Berkeley Prime Crime). She also writes the Katie McDonald Sudoku murder series and Lindy Haggerty Dance Company mystery series. She has written several romance novels under the pseudonym Gemma Bruce. Her books have been translated into seven languages.

Her first women's fiction novel, Beach Colors, written as Shelley Noble, was published by William Morrow June 2012. Stargazey Point will be available July 2013.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website 

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  1. Sounds like run-of-the-mill populate this story. Love it.

  2. Trick or Deceit sounds perfect, and the cover is amazing. I am looking forward to reading this book. :-)

  3. Love the cover! Trick or Deceit sounds like a great read.

  4. I love this series, and this sounds like another hit.

  5. Enjoyed meeting some characters and I think it sounds like a great story as we head into fall.

  6. Haven't read from this series yet - sounds interesting! Just the name 'Celebration Bay' can draw in this reader!

  7. Haven't read from this series before - it sounds interesting! Congrats on the release of your latest!!

  8. I need to start this series.......
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  9. This looks like a great cozy series--I can't wait to try it!

  10. Thanks for having me, Lisa. Hope everyone enjoys Trick or Deceit.