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Killing Time: An Eliza Gordon Mystery, by Amy Beth Arkawy

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Hen House Press is pleased to publish Killing Time: An Eliza Gordon Mystery by Amy Beth Arkawy, now available as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle,  the Barnes & Noble Nook and in paperbacks from Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.

Killing Time: An Eliza Gordon Mystery, by Amy Beth Arkawy

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Synopsis: "Who is doing more in Goodship than just Killing Time?" Welcome to Goodship, New York. The sleepy, suburban hamlet harbors a terrible secret. A secret that may be at the heart of two mysterious murders. Twenty-five years after the "big game" and the requisite homecoming party, Goodship's secret begins to haunt its otherwise comfortable and carefree residents. When the first murder is reported, the residents are warned, but take no action. When town landmarks are vandalized, residents are shocked.

And, when an attempt is made on a local hero's life, the town mobilizes, especially the young, vivacious former soap star (now proprietor of Soup Opera, the favorite local lunch spot) Eliza Gordon and her pal and local radio personality Midge Sumner. When the prime suspect turns up dead, Eliza and Midge dedicate themselves to solving the murders and catching the real perpetrator.

Fans of Murder She Wrote, Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone mysteries and Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series will enjoy following the clues and taking their best shot at helping Eliza Gordon figure out: “Who is doing more in Goodship than just Killing Time?”

Praise: "Killing Time, by Amy Beth Arkawy, is a pleasant summertime read or for in front of a roaring fire in winter. Not quite a “cozy” in the original sense as the circle of characters isn’t closed, it’s set in a modern small town reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting gone askew. Even so, if you’re currently living in a large urban centre you’ll be very tempted to move and find a similar place to call home.

This tantalizing little mystery starts with a long ago scandal and jumps to the present time and murder. The “heroine” is both attractive and appealing, as well as being a talented soup chef and minor sleuth. There is also a handsome, kind and besotted police chief who is bound to become a fixture in future books. . .Silver & Grace Book Review (read the complete review)

Praise: Having grown up in a small town, I loved the drama and the grasp the author had on the gossip, small town people with big personalities, and the big drama of little stories. . . I came to know and appreciate all of them. The mystery on the other hand – is written in such a way that it is hard to know “who done it” – and as a reader, I had no idea how it was going to end right up until the last chapter. With the right amount of danger, intrigue and a little bit of romance – it was a pretty good book – and I look forward to following Eliza on whatever other adventures she goes through in other books. . . review

Praise: "I enjoyed this mystery and meeting the quirky characters that live in the little town of Goodship.  Eliza is likeable and you really feel for her with the loss of her husband of only 3 years.  The business they built is going strong and she is really finding her home and where she belongs in this little town.  Her friends and acquaintances are a good mix of strange yet quite real in their personalities and idiosyncrasies.  You know you have met people just like the ones in this book; you may even be one of them.

The book felt a bit like Murder She Wrote, I Love Lucy, and Rosemary and Thyme(BBC).  Solving a crime with just a bit of information and a mind that wouldn’t let Eliza rest, all the while pulling in a good friend or two to help her.  If you enjoy light mysteries (like a cozy) with a bit of comedy and hopefully in the next few a bit more romance then I think you will find this book to your likein’.

I look forward to the next one in this series." review by Book Him Danno!

Praise: "Amy Beth Arkawy’s KILLING TIME, is a new cozy I recommend!

Eliza Gordon is a spunky sleuth who believes in her husband’s ghost and has no desire to return to her acting days. However, her hunt for a murderer gives her respite from tears. Although, Goodship residents aren’t used to real crime and murder, they know every town has its secrets and every secret has a story. You’ll meet an assortment of personalities, from crotchety to quirky, in KILLING TIME, but you’ll fall in love with Eliza’s husband’s best friend. He can’t seem to conquer his feelings for the sole owner of Soup Opera, no matter how guilty he feels.

I’m sure, you’ll look forward to the next Eliza Gordon mystery!"  review from Books, Looks and Takes.

About the Author: Amy Beth Arkawy is the author of several plays including: Psychic Chicken Soup; Full Moon, Saturday Night; Listening to Insomnia: Rage Amongst Yourselves; Crazy Vivian Doesn’t Shop at Bloomie’s Anymore; The Lost Mertz and The Postman Always Writes Twice. Her work has been produced in New York City and across the country and featured in several anthologies.

She is also a creativity coach/writing teacher, freelance journalist and radio talk show host. Her story “Dangerous Appetites” is featured in the collection, Fiction Noir: Thirteen Stories, also by Hen House Press. Killing Time is the first in the Eliza Gordon mystery series. She is at work on the second.








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eBook ISBN: 978-1-937890-00-1
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-937890-02-5