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Lonesome song : a Shep Harrington SmallTown mystery
Light, Elliott.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore, MD : Bancroft Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
217 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Pages E-1 through E-10 constitutes pages 206 through 215 which include excerpts from Shep Harrington's next SmallTown mystery, titled "Chain thinking."

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Reilly Heartwood, a famous country singer, is dead. His sister doesn't recognise the body. The local reverend has refused to bury him. The funeral home director plans on exhibiting Reilly -- and charging admission -- to his adoring fans from all over the country. The people of Lyle detest Reilly -- holding him responsible for unmade fortunes and lost investments. His death, to the concern of no one other than his sister, is ruled a suicide. Shep, 32-year-old divorced and disbarred lawyer, arrives to attend the funeral of the now deceased Reilly Heartwood, and finds all of this too puzzling, especially the part about Reilly killing himself. Shep is compelled to ask a few questions, then a few more. Before he knows it, he's drawn into a complicated web of grudges, half-truths, and misplaced good intentions that only a small town could weave. As he reconstructs the final destructive minutes of Reilly's life, Shep ultimately learns the startling truth about his mother, Reilly, and himself. Shep is surrounded by a cast of characters--Doc Adams, the Reverend Billy, the four residents of the local poor farm (Jamie, Carrie, Harry, and Cecil) and Rose Abernathy to name a few. And Shep's life is complicated when he meets Cali McBride, a reporter in need of a story. Besides the death of Reilly Heartwood, there are several old mysteries to unravel. Why does the town hate Reilly? What is the connection between Reilly and someone named C.C. Hollinger (the name under which Reilly recorded most of his music)? What is the old feud between Shep's mother and Rose about? And what had Reilly planned for the poor farm? Shep, the book's main character and its likeable narrator, comes easily to his new role of amateur sleuth. Because of his own recent experience, he's deeply distrustful of authority, having just spent three years in prison for a white collar crime he didn't commit. Yet, in digging out the particulars of Reilly's demise, he is neither bitter nor uncaring, and the book manages adroitly to be an engaging who-dunnit set in a small town. Woven into the story line are universal themes -- classic injustice, unrequited love, and consequences of an unforgiving heart.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Unjustly-disbarred-lawyer-turned-amateur-sleuth Shep Harrington faces the demons of his past while investigating the mysterious death of a famous country singer in Elliot Light's debut, the first volume in the planned Shep Harrington Smalltown Mystery series called Lonesome Song (the sequel, Chain Thinking, is due out this fall). It's a solid mystery with a nostalgic heart; its standout feature, however, may be the blurb section in the back - "offers more food for thought and literacy than the average," raves one reader.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved