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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Mystery series set in post-War New England - the Double V Mysteries

 


Looking for Christmas gifts for the historical mystery lover -- who also happens to love New England?  

My "Double V Mysteries" series is set in New England, beginning in the spring of 1949.  The two main characters -- who will become partners -- are introduced in CADMIUM YELLOW, BLOOD RED.  She is an administrator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, who has just discovered her husband's infidelity.

He is an ex-con, recently released from the state penitentiary in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  His wife has passed away and his daughter is kidnapped, but the gang who has her assures him she will be returned if he helps them with his particular specialty. He must break into the Wadsworth.  She meets him on his practice run as he literally drops into her office, the same night her husband is found murdered.

They are both suspects.  They have nobody to rely on but each other.  And each has a mystery to solve.

The book is available in paperback through Amazon, but the eBook version is FREE and available through a variety of online shops:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Apple

And a variety of other online shops here.


Give it a try and perhaps you'll like to continue the adventures with Juliet Van Allen and Elmer Vartanian -- the "Double V" duo -- in the rest of the (so far) five-book series:


SPEAK OUT BEFORE YOU DIE
(in which a murder occurs in a snowbound mansion in Hartford on New Year's Eve, 1949)

Here at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online shops.



DISMOUNT AND MURDER
(Nasty doings at the Litchfield, Connecticut, horse show, summer of 1950.  Maine recovers from the year before in the "Summer Maine Burned," Oh, and a murder.)

Here at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online shops.



WHITEWASH IN THE BERKSHIRES
(Juliet is blacklisted during the Communist witch hunts. Intrigue and kidnapping in an underground bunker in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts in the winter of 1951.  Oh, and a murder.)

Here at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online shops.




MURDER AT THE SUMMER THEATER
(Juliet must join the cast to help ferret out clues in backstage shenanigans in the summer of 1951 on the Connecticut shore when the lead actress goes missing. Possibly murdered.)

Here at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online shops.



Follow the adventure, follow the clues, and watch this blog for the next novel in the series coming in late 2022!


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Upcoming Zoom talk on BESIDE THE STILL WATERS - Quabbin Reservoir towns, Massachusetts

 


Zoom presentation on
BESIDE THE STILL WATERS - the "lost towns" of the Quabbin Reservoir


I will be giving an online Zoom presentation for the Amherst (Massachusetts) Historical Society on the historical background for my novel, Beside the Still Watersabout the towns that were demolished to create the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts.

 
The story is about community and the loss of community, and how our hometowns make up a big part of our family heritage and our personal identities. 
 
Photos and map images will accompany the talk, which will be part of the Society’s “History Bites Lunchtime Lecture Series”, Friday, December 3, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
 
Join the Zoom presentation through this link:
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84485731584#success

See you there! 

Beside the Still Waters is available in eBook or print at these online shops:
 
Amazon
 
Barnes & Noble
 
Try this universal link for Apple, Baker & Taylor, SCRBD, Tolino, and more!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Lizzie Borden and George D. Robinson - the Trial of the Century - upcoming talk - Chicopee, Massachusetts



The infamous Lizzie Borden, who was said in the children's rhyme to have "took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks...etc.," was defended at her trial by Chicopee's own George D. Robinson, former Governor of Massachusetts. I'll be presenting a talk for the Chicopee Historical Society on Lizzie Borden and George D. Robinson in the very first "Trial of the Century" on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee. The event is free and open to the public. Please note: masks are required.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, MassachusettsStates of Mind: New England (collected essays from this blog); The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts; and Beside the Still Waters - a novel on the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Hampton Ponds, Westfield, Massachusetts


 

Hampton Ponds, Westfield, Massachusetts, from a postcard published in the early 1900s.  Today, the Hampton Ponds State Park now borders the southern shore.  

Do you have memories of spending summers at Hampton Ponds?

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, MassachusettsStates of Mind: New England (collected essays from this blog); The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts; and Beside the Still Waters - a novel on the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pecousic Villa - Springfield, Massachusetts


The home of inventor and industrialist Everett Hosmer Barney (1835-1916) - probably most famous for two things: inventing the clamp-on ice skate, and for the donation of 178 acres of his extensive estate to be added to Forest Park in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

This Victorian mansion was built in 1890 and had a commanding view of the Connecticut River Valley.  It was called Pecousic Villa.  It was razed during the construction of I-91.  The carriage house, now a restaurant and banquet hall, and the family mausoleum, remain.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts; States of Mind: New England (collected essays from this blog); The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts; and Beside the Still Waters - a novel on the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

 


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Link to recorded Zoom talk on BESIDE THE STILL WATERS - a novel of the Quabbin Reservoir

 


Here is a link to my recorded Zoom talk  earlier this month on the historical background of my novel Beside the Still Waters for the Holyoke Public Library of Holyoke, Massachusetts, for those of you who were unable to join us.


The novel, a family saga, is about the four towns that were demolished to create the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s.  The story is about community and the loss of community, and how our hometowns make up a big part of our family heritage and our personal identities.  Photos and map images accompany the talk. 

Here's the link:

Author Talk-Beside the Still Waters - Zoom

I hope you enjoy it.   For more of my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, and a variety of other online shops, please see my website here:  www.JacquelineTLynch.com.


Thanks for reading...

Jacqueline T. Lynch

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

BESIDE THE STILL WATERS - A Novel of the Quabbin Reservoir - Zoom Presentation June 8, 2021




Zoom presentation on BESIDE THE STILL WATERS: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7 p.m.

I'll be discussing the historical background of my novel about the four towns that were demolished to create the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. The story is about community and how the loss of community affects our family heritage and our personal identities. Photos and maps will be part of the presentation hosted by the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Please email mbaron@holyokelibrary.org for the link to join us. See you there!



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