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.
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.
June 24, 2016
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.