Cue the Dead Guy: A Polly Deacon Mystery

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Dundurn, Nov 1, 1999 - Fiction - 312 pages
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In the sequel to Down in the Dumps, Polly finds herself touring as set and puppet designer for a small rural theatre company. When the stage manager mysteriously fails to appear for the first rehearsal, Polly has to step in and do the job. The full-time employment is welcome, but the work is hell. Dealing with a cast of viciously feuding actors, a mysterious practical joker whose tricks are decidedly gruesome, and a deepening conviction that the stage manager has been murdered, Polly finds her new job more than a little stressful. Where’s the stage manager’s body? Is somebody really out to get the star of the show? Will the show open with all of the cast still breathing? The local police won’t show an interest, so the intrepid Polly investigates alone, unwittingly carrying out the murderer’s master plan, which almost ends in curtains for everybody.

 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
21
Chapter Four
28
Chapter Five
35
Chapter Six
42
Chapter Seven
48
Chapter Eight
56
Chapter TwentyTwo
160
Chapter TwentyThree
171
Chapter TwentyFour
180
Chapter TwentyFive
186
Chapter TwentySix
196
Chapter TwentySeven
202
Chapter TwentyEight
210
Chapter TwentyNine
217

Chapter Nine
62
Chapter Ten
69
Chapter Eleven
76
Chapter Twelve
83
Chapter Thirteen
91
Chapter Fourteen
100
Chapter Fifteen
108
Chapter Sixteen
114
Chapter Seventeen
119
Chapter Eighteen
128
Chapter Nineteen
135
Chapter Twenty
144
Chapter TwentyOne
152
Chapter Thirty
225
Chapter ThirtyOne
232
Chapter ThirtyTwo
242
Chapter ThirtyThree
250
Chapter ThirtyFour
258
Chapter ThirtyFive
264
Chapter ThirtySix
273
Chapter ThirtySeven
280
Chapter ThirtyEight
290
Chapter ThirtyNine
296
Epilogue
303
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About the author (1999)

H. Mel Malton was born in England and emigrated with her family to Canada in the 1960s. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and her first mystery novel, Down in the Dumps was short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her first young adult series, The Alan Nearing Mysteries, began with The Drowned Violin, and was followed by Pioneer Poltergeist. She lives in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

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