WINNER OF TWO AWARDS!
This may be the most challenging of Logan’s cases. When former child star and America’s Sweetheart Bonnie Lynne is kidnapped off a Western film set, a producer hires Logan to take on the case. However, complications soon arise, and he’s now not only searching for a kidnapper but a crazed murderer as well.
The suspects are plentiful, and the twists are daunting as Logan weaves his way through a mystery teeming with deceit, jealousy, and greed. It’s soon high noon for Logan as he faces the killer in a finale reminiscent of a classic Western showdown.
We have our protagonist, a private eye named Tom Logan, hired to locate a kidnapped film star. However, the job becomes more complicated than that as the different characters in the story (each of whom I would characterize as both colorful, diverse, and worthy of suspicion) become potential and questionable leads for Private Eye Logan to keep an eye on. One ends up dead, which only complicates the detective’s case, but he is fortunate to have assistance from several other characters in the story. Along with being misled, ambushed and attacked, he must also protect his wife, who is expecting their first child but seems unconcerned by the dangers lurking nearby.
I understand that this is not the first Tom Logan book the author has written, but remember that you do not need to have read the prior ones to enjoy this one as a stand-alone. I enjoyed this one so much, however, that I intend to read the others. It is extremely well written, and the fast-paced excitement drew me in quickly. Things progressed rapidly from one page to the next until the final and unexpected conclusion.
General thoughts on the Novel:
I like novels that contain mystery, suspense, and interesting characters; this one checked all those boxes. I consider a novel a great read if I can’t put it down to eat my next meal; this is exactly the reaction I had. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommended this novel and the author’s enjoyable writing style.
Winner Five Star Award.
— Masa Redanic (International Review of Books)
A Murder, Well-Scripted by Tony Piazza
Tom Logan, a detective for hire, finds himself on a Hollywood movie set when an untimely explosion reveals a dead body. It’s easy to be distracted by the famous actors surrounding him, but he immediately goes to work to solve the mystery. More is revealed as he meets with his friend, Inspector ‘Red’ Clancy of the Homicide Division. Though a kidnapped star has a seemingly odd connection to the body, Logan must follow the trail according to the partial truths he’s given. Unfortunately, Logan finds himself in harm’s way. With his knowledge of Hollywood and the scripts they must follow, he realizes that the killer has been following a self-created script which may include Logan’s murder if he doesn’t figure out the plot in time.
“A Murder, Well-Scripted” is reminiscent of a classic old Hollywood murder mystery. Comments like “Welcome to the factory that creates dreams. If it doesn’t grow here, then Hollywood will supply it.” create the authentic atmosphere that makes this story alluring. Every character has traits that are believable and contribute to the overall vibe. Mr. Piazza knows the value of timeliness of revealed truths, which mystery readers will appreciate in this well-crafted story. Readers will enjoy the ease of Logan’s personality rather than a stereotypical, over-characterized, arrogant detective. His personal story is engaging and relatable. This engaging whodunit deserves high praise for providing a little bit of everything—a killer on the loose, movie stars, quirky characters, kidnapping, and a few dead bodies—what’s not to like?
Five stars- Winner of the Crowned Heart Award
—Moira Wolf – InDTale Magazine
It’s official! My bestselling Mystery novel, “Murder in the Cards” has reached the finals for the 2020 RONE Awards. Winner of two awards for excellence, it has now moved on as a finalist for this prestigious honor. Thanks to all for making this possible.
“Murder in the Cards” has been nominated for a RONE Award by InDtale Magazine, and I need YOUR VOTE. In order for it to reach the next level of judging it requires votes from readers like you
It takes a few steps. You have to register first (there’s a checkbox where you can opt-out of their emails- you can uncheck it unless you want their free newsletter). After that is completed you can vote. “Murder in the Cards” is listed in the Mystery category and the voting period runs from Monday, May 11th through the 17th.
I would really appreciate your vote. The link is below, and thank you in advance for your participation.
Earlier this year Murder in the Cards won the ‘Crowned Heart’ award from InDTale Magazine for excellence. The International Review of Books today (10-3-2019) has added their award as well to the book. See below.
“P.I. Tom Logan is asked to help investigate a murder that happened at the same location in which he is currently having his second try at a honeymoon. A famous actress got pushed off a cliff in the Grand Canyon. He, along with his wife and newfound acquaintance, start to collect clues, but the local authorities take over before he can finish.
Back home, he is contacted by a new, well-known client, asking him to find out who is threatening his wife. To do so, they must attend the Halloween party the client has planned, where all the suspects are invited. It turns out, the two very different cases might be connected, and it is Tom Logan’s job to find out how.”
“Murder in the Cards was a proper mystery novel. It felt like I was reading one of Agatha Christie’s books or playing a round of Cluedo. The way everything was connected and how even minute details played such an important part was both creative and impressive. The solution to the mystery was hard to guess, which was a pleasant surprise to me as a reader.”
“A great mystery that was unpredictable with an answer that was hard to guess. Refreshing.” – The International Review of Books
Awarded the International Review of Books Achievement Badge.
The latest edition of InDTale Magazine awarded 4.5 stars and the ‘Crowned Heart.” Below is an excerpt from Alison Ellis’s review:
“Any fan of the mystery genre needs to have Tony Piazza’s Tom Logan series in their to-be-read stack. This installment (“Murder in the Cards”) is a great stand-alone but more backstory will entice readers to go back and see where this journey starts. Piazza’s writing style transports the reader into a different era, and delightfully so. With the vivid detail with which he paints the settings and the dialect of the characters, readers are truly in for a whodunit from days past. With a Sherlock Holmes vibe, “Murder in the Cards” makes the reader feel like they are entering a real-life game of Clue. With twists and turns and flawless tying together of plot-lines, this a stay up all night because it’s impossible to put down, adventure!”
– Alison Ellis, InDTale Magazine. 4.5 Stars- Awarded Crowned Heart