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Freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, as it turns out. Not everyone is happy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of the list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of The Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.
But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter dies. A few days later, another body is discovered. Though both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s suspicions are aroused.
Putting her interview skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.
Emily Garland is a freelance reporter with a much coveted contract to write monthly articles about condo developments for a popular lifestyle magazine in Toronto. One of her best sources of quotes and information is well known developer Garrett Stonehaven. Emily has recently become single and, due to personal reasons, has developed an intense dislike for Garrett Stonehaven. As a result, when her boss offers her an assignment in Lount’s Landing, a small village outside of Toronto, she decides to accept. The assignment is lucrative and also involves keeping a watchful eye on, and reporting, any irregularities by Garret Stonehaven, who has recently acquired a moth-balled old school in the village for developmental purposes. Emily moves to Lount’s Landing under the guise of turning around a local monthly magazine that her company has recently acquired.
It doesn’t take long for Emily to start integrating herself into the lives of the various members of this small community, many of whom own ailing business along Main Street, which has been steadily losing popularity and customers. She soon realizes that there is a conflict of interest among the retailers, some of whom do not want Garrett Stonehaven’s mega-box development and some of whom see it as an opportunity to revitalise Main Street and their businesses. The unexpected death of one of the protesting retailers brings the motives of everyone in the village into question and Emily sets out to try and investigate whether the death was natural or murder.
I enjoyed the character of Emily, she was an interesting mix of naivety, intelligence, uncertainty and determination. Together with her new friend, Arabella, who has just opened an antiques store on Main Street, Emily becomes embroiled in a plot by ruthless and conscienceless people, to stop Garrett Stonehaven, not necessarily for the obvious reasons. I enjoyed this pairing and found these two characters to be resourceful and interesting.
The book moves along at a good pace and has plenty of small town interest and gossip to entertain the reader as the plot unfolds. The ending was satisfying and cleverly wound up all the lose ends.
The Hanged Man’s Noose is an enjoyable read which I rated four out of five stars on Amazon.
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