The Fourth Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery
A chance to attend a holiday party at a great camp in the Adirondacks? In 1934? Yes, please! Olivia Watson is excited to join Detective Steven Blackwell, even as it will test her ability to remain in the past away from the house she and Steven share. It's a good thing that their host, publisher Gil Racine, has planned plenty festive activities, as a blizzard arrived along with the guests preventing anyone from leaving. A rousing round of carol singing is stopped abruptly as their host keels over...poisoned. With the blizzard preventing local police from arriving, it's up to Steven and Olivia to begin an investigation. The murderer has to be one of the family or staff, but who?
A jolly holiday party turns into a murder investigation for Depression era police detective Steven Blackwell and his modern day partner Olivia Watson. Quaint holiday traditions, including a sleigh ride and singing carols make the murder all the more shocking, especially as the victim was having such a wonderful time. With the blizzard in the remote forest creating a closed circle mystery, the murderer had to be a family member or one of the staff. It was fascinating to see Steven and Olivia work together, making due with impromptu tools in order to investigate. Motives were cleverly revealed to readers, also providing many red herrings.
While Steven and Olivia were in the Adirondacks, the Knightsbridge police department soldiered on, eventually helping in the investigation. It was curious to see Will, Steven's work partner, decide to investigate Olivia-and thrilling to see what happens when the two of them become cornered by the killer. I enjoy the 1930s ambiance, but it's fun to see some of Olivia's modern day moves! There were also some moving moments, and a surprisingly heart tugging one.
RSVP TO MURDER is a swell mystery combining a Depression era setting and mindset with a modern viewpoint. Christmas, whether in 1934, 2014, or today can be a special time with family and friends with a certain special something in the air. Readers see this in the fourth Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery and will also be teased by the ending when Steven and Olivia experience something more.
RSVP to Murder
by Carol Pouliot
November 6 - December 1, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
A new twist on the 1930s English country house mystery.
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
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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A former language teacher and business owner, Carol Pouliot writes the acclaimed Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, traditional police procedurals with a seemingly impossible relationship between Depression-era cop Steven Blackwell and 21st-century journalist Olivia Watson. With their fast pace and unexpected twists and turns, the books have earned praise from readers and mystery authors alike.
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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