The Advent of Elizabeth (Finns Wake)


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 Twenty-four years have passed since the murdered girl was buried. The  classmate who confessed to the stabbing is doing time. The families  moved out of town. All over? Case closed? Justice done? Not so fast.

As  they converge on their California high school's 100th annivesary  celebration, cryptic notes unsettle members of the “Class of '67.” Some  begin to question what they thought they knew.

Could the  convicted Doug Brandling have confessed to murder to cover for someone  else? Does his accuser, Elizabeth, really think she got it right? Is  Finn, her lover of the time, certain he's done with Liz? Can old Snub  Randall, teacher of the year, live down his rep for hanky-panky? Is  Monsignor Phelan losing his marbles as well as his altar boys? Might  Farley Pike, the lip-flapping, sissified-teacher, survive the advent of  Elizabeth? Will a murderer strike again during the Santa Reina High  Centennial? Is it possible for Elizabeth to keep her pants on?

Satire,  angst, ego, and surprise draw the reader through the three-day féte and  lives touched by murder. In Santa Reina, it turns out, everyone has  something to confess. 

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This is one for all mystery lovers anywhere by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Advent of Elizabeth by  Tim Jollymore was an intriguing read. Unlike many murder mystery  stories, this one has that little bit more to it. It's got humor, it's  got satire, and it has all the elements you would expect to find in a  good mystery. But rather than there being a clear-cut case, this is one  of these stories where it could have been anyone because they all have  something to confess, something to feel guilty about. The characters are  a pretty heady mix of outlandish people, but all have that human touch  to them, the touch that makes them feel real and makes you sit there and  think back to old school friends that you can identify a character  with. This is one story that you will never be bored with because there  is just too much going on. The story is full of action and wends a  twisty path to a surprising conclusion. This is one for all mystery  lovers anywhere, and I guarantee two things - you won't believe what you  are reading and you won't want to put it down.          

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Dr.  Elizabeth Moore is a success in her career, but that success is haunted  by a past full of personal missteps and one horrible tragedy. Santa  Reina High was not only her alma mater, but also where her stellar  career began. We meet Elizabeth and the mostly dysfunctional crew of  former colleagues on the occasion the high school's 50th Anniversary  celebration. Most of the characters at the high school reunion have  skeletons rattling in their closets, but only one committed the  grotesque murder that shadows all. 

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