Welcome to my tour stop for The Patron Murders by Edwin Wilson. The Patron Murders is a mystery and the tour runs March 1-11 with reviews, guest posts, interviews and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
An interesting read. The Patron Murders is more than just a mystery novel – the story takes readers behind the scenes of the stage, too, which lends a different flavor to the text. Actor Matt Johanssen takes a turn as Amateur Sleuth when New York City arts patrons – a Metropolitan Museum of Art trustee and a well known and dearly loved theater producer – turn up dead. Matt is no stranger to crime, having worked with the New York City Police Department on several other cases. But these feel different . . . a little too close to home. A unique contemporary mystery enriched with shades of classic crime stories.
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Midway through rehearsals, a startling murder takes place thirty blocks away at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a trustee is discovered on the roof with a javelin thrust through his heart. Later, just prior to opening night, the admired and beloved producer of Matt’s play, Dorothy Tremayne, is found dead in the theatre’s darkened basement lounge.Ten days later, during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History, there is another murder far more sensational than the ones before. Working behind the scenes, Matt becomes deeply involved in solving all three cases. Meanwhile, he meets an intriguing, auburn-haired woman writing about the murders, and a romantic liaison develops amid the danger and suspense.
Set against the backdrop of the inner workings of New York City’s theatre, art, and cultural scenes, The Patron Murders is part detective story, part social novel, and a witty, incisive critique of the parvenues who attempt to gain acceptance in the old-line arts establishment.
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He has served as president of the Theatre Development Fund and the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury.In the early 1990s, he conducted a series of ninety half-hour television interviews with theater artists ranging from George Abbott to Jerry Zaks, which appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and 200 PBS stations around the country.
The Patron Murders is Wilson’s first novel.