Monday, January 24, 2022

THE LATE MR. CARY: Guest Post by Michael Campeta

Michael Campeta: THE LATE MR. CARY

As a librarian and foreign language teacher, I know the intricacies of research and have painstakingly recreated the historical setting in which my novel occurs, as well as spent countless hours developing the book’s tightly woven plot. Relevant critiques include participating in the Bouchercon Mystery Convention. I enjoy reading, travel, architecture, and history, especially the era of the 1920s. My novels are set during the jazz age of the 1920s, a fascinating period in American history. 

The decade of the 1920s is now one hundred years ago. Flappers and speakeasies are hallmarks of that era. Family conflicts, adultery, and even murder were prevalent during this period of decadence and free love. THE LATE MR. CARY is a mystery set in the stately home of an upper-crust family bringing the 1920s to life—amidst a parade of death! 

It is January 1928. Megan Cary, a young and stylish librarian, lives with her moody but wealthy husband, Adam. Just as Meg can no longer tolerate her husband’s philandering, Adam mysteriously dies during a weekend trip to his hometown. Meg finds a suicide note, and the police want to quickly close the case. So does Adam’s mother, Helen Cary, the stern matriarch of the brownstone house she shares with her sister and brother-in-law, as well as her daughter and son-in-law. Skeptical that Adam would kill himself, Meg hires a private detective, Sloane Sheppard, whose investigation ultimately unravels family secrets as a series of surprising deaths occur over two cold and snowy weeks in Albany. THE LATE MR. CARY continues to a denouement where Sloane Sheppard finally reveals the mysteries behind these violent deaths. 

The 1920s continue to enthrall readers. I am dedicated to writing mysteries and plan to write more novels set in the 1920s in the future. 

1 comment:

author said...

I read this book recently, the story is fascinating and so well-written. I'm looking forward to more by this author.