RSVP to Murder
by Carol Pouliot
November 6 - December 1, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Embarking on their most daring time-travel experiment to date, Depression-era cop Steven Blackwell and his 21st-century partner-in-crime Olivia Watson travel to the Adirondack Mountains for a Christmas party at one of the legendary Great Camps. Their host, a wealthy New York publisher, has planned a weekend filled with holiday activities, but, as the last guest arrives, temperatures plummet and a blizzard hits. Before long, the area is buried in snow, the roads are impassable, and the publisher is poisoned.
Unwilling to wait until the local police can arrive, the victim’s widow convinces Steven to launch an unofficial investigation. Soon, a family member goes missing and Steven and Olivia discover a second victim. Trapped with a killer, Steven and Olivia race against the clock before the murderer strikes again.
Praise for RSVP to Murder:
"A classic holiday movie and Agatha Christie novel mashup"
~ Shawn Reilly Simmons, author of the Red Carpet Catering Mystery Series
"RSVP to Murder is Agatha Christie with a time-travel twist. Pouliot supplies us with just what we crave in a great locked-room mystery: a blizzard, closed roads, dead phone lines, roaring fires, and lots of suspects and motives—all set in a luxurious Adirondack Great Camp in 1934. Snap on your seatbelt and travel with Steven and Olivia, you’ll be happy you did!"
~ Tina deBellegarde, Author of The Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery Series.
"A Great Camp in the Adirondacks serves up a sumptuous setting of plump armchairs, roaring fireplaces, and the heady scent of Christmas pines—all begging to be settled into with this thumping good vintage whodunit set in the 1930s. Cleverly plotted with plot-twists aplenty and some time-travel to boot, this immersive mystery is a gem."
~ Laurie Loewenstein, Author of the Dust Bowl Mystery Series
"Readers are invited to the glamour of the Thirties, where the rich are putting on the Ritz, until there’s a murder to solve. Join time-travelers Blackwell and Watson in a race to the Racines’ Adirondack Great Camp to catch a killer. A clever...and a thoroughly unique must for fans of the paranormal and historical. RSVP today!"
~ Gabriel Valjan, Author of the Shane Cleary Mysteries series
"The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries’ latest installment, RSVP to Murder, combines the thrilling and “timeless” aspects of Jack Finney’s classic TIME AND AGAIN mixed with the wit and charm of a modern, puzzling mystery. Highly recommended for all lovers of time travel, history, romance and wily sleuths."
~ L.A. Chandlar, Best-selling author of the Art Deco Mystery Series
This is a good mystery of the locked room style with a snow storm preventing victims and suspects from leaving the frigid gathering. Pouliot has provided many suspects in the murders, each having some violence in their past and a possible motive. Practically no evidence left behind behind means the murders must be solved through reasoning and persistent questioning of suspects.
I like the added tension of Will, Steven's detecting partner back in Knightsbridge, being suspicious of Olivia and her background story. That added a personal element and a bit of suspense to the plot. I also like the setting, a remote camp location in the Adirondacks the wealthy owners normally used in the hot summers. The main characters continue to entertain as they work together, combining 1930s detecting with insight from 2014.
While I was initially skeptical of the time travel element in this series, I appreciate how Pouliot has incorporated it in the plot resulting in an entertaining historical mystery. While the mystery here is resolved, we are left with a tantalizing hint of a future adventure. I'll be watching for it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the previous book in this series, Death Rang the Bell.
Genre: Traditional mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: September 2023
Number of Pages: 305
Series: The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, #4
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Carol is a founding member of Sleuths and Sidekicks, Co-chair of the Murderous March Mystery Conference, and President of her Sisters in Crime chapter. When not writing, Carol can be found packing her suitcase and reaching for her passport for her next travel adventure.
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