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With blackthorn staff
I draw the bound
All malice and bane
I thus confound.
AND THEN, A BODY
Blackthorn is the first gothic thriller by Judy Nedry. In this modern-day gothic novel set on the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Sage Blackthorn revisits demons from her past and confronts a multitude of new ones when she returns to her childhood home to solve the mystery of her brother’s death.
the man who wasn’t there
BLISTERING HEAT ISN’T GOOD FOR GRAPES … OR PEOPLE
James Ryder has it all. A founding pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, he has the stately good looks of a gentleman farmer, the perfect family, an ample bank account, and the prestige of owning one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. His youngest daughter has taken up the torch to become the second-generation winemaker at Ryder Estate.
The Difficult Sister
MURDER IN THE MIST
The Difficult Sister is the second mystery/suspense novel from Judy Nedry featuring Emma Golden. This latest adventure takes Emma and her friend, Melody, to a remote, southern Oregon coastal town to search for Melody’s missing, ne’er-do-well younger sister, Aurora. However, they quickly both realize that at the very least, Aurora is in some sort of major trouble and may even be dead.
an unholy alliance
WHAT WINE PAIRS BEST WITH MURDER?
An Unholy Alliance introduces Emma Golden, a self-styled has-been who is invited to write a book on her beloved Oregon wine country, and manage a bed and breakfast for a friend. All seems ideal until Emma encounters her verbally abusive ex-husband, Dwight McCourt, shortly after settling in at the B&B. She discovers that she still harbors unresolved feelings for him.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the prior one, A Difficult Sister. Emma feels like someone I've known and I'll miss her until the next book. The pace of action suits me and kept me reading late into the night. Loved the Oregon setting - I lived there many years and the descriptions triggered lovely memories. Highly recommend.
The author is clearly talented. The first-person narrative is intriguing all the way through because her character is interesting.
This third of the EG series didn't disappoint. Again, we are treated to a core group of independent women who are the centerpiece of this latest mystery. It is refreshing to read such a book, especially in these days of vapid "chick lit". The Oregon wine country serves as a compelling setting for this mystery; with an insider's keen sense of history and detail, it comes alive as a fascinating subplot.
The first of what is now a trilogy that follows a recovering alcoholic writer, Emma Golden, who is working on a book about the wine industry in Oregon (where the author was also an early vintner). Nedry's main character is an accidental detective chasing down the murderer of a showy new winery owner, who isn't a nice person. Emma is funny, pushy and not afraid to step on toes. Light and entertaining.
This mystery was great fun to read. I enjoyed visualizing the Oregon wine country. Emma is a very real character and I feel I know her. The dialog is well done and the book moves along at a good clip.
An unlikely murder occurs at the most prestigious annual gathering of the Oregon wine industry. Emma Golden, a woman of a certain age with an uncanny ability to solve such crimes, goes to work in this third book of the eponymous series by Judy Nedry. Nedry, a longtime wine writer, and resident of the Willamette Valley, brings the Oregon wine world to life in vivid detail as the backdrop for Emma's sleuthing. She also tells a suspenseful story.
Stuff, as they say, happens. Bullets fly. People die. Evil happens. There will be mud, "one slow sucking step after another". We are a long way from almond croissants and that gives The Difficult Sister an intriguing, palpable edge.
The Difficult Sister is not the cozy you might expect given that it involves two fifty-something women on a trip to the Oregon Coast. This second mystery by Judy Nedry is darker and edgier than its description suggests.
My favorite part was the main character, Emma Golden. She is a middle-aged divorcee who acts as a real person would act. She is put out by a friend volunteering her to help a sick acquaintance but she is busybody enough to try and figure out who killed the acquaintance's husband. This is the first book in the series that I have read but I will look for the others so I can spend more time with Emma.
Expecting a pleasant time with old friends and acquaintances, Emma finds herself again dealing with death. From the moment I began this book to the final paragraph, I was unwilling to put it down.
Overall – a really interesting book and something a bit different from my usual crime fiction reads. The sideshow with Emma’s involvement in her friend’s troubles helped fleshed the story out and give it more meat on the bones and added to my overall enjoyment. I’m looking forward to Nedry’s second book – The Difficult Sister (I could say that’s something I know all about, but that would be mean, so I won’t……oops, already have)
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II‘s much-loved musical South Pacific opened at Clackamas Repertory Theatre last weekend. Directed by Jayne Stevens and Wesley Robert Hanson, the show brings to life a different era–that of World War II at an American base somewhere in the Solomon Islands. The story is loosely based on James Michener’s 1947 […]
Disco, line dancing, country and western, and a whole lotta teenage angst converge on the stage of Broadway Rose Theatre Company‘s New Stage for its second big musical of the season, Footloose. This high energy musical is based on the original 1984 screenplay by Dean Pitchford and adapted for the stage by Pitchford and Walter […]
As an abrupt departure from my usual theatre review, I offer up the following inexpensive and free theatrical performances, confident that you will find something to enjoy here! Every July, Portland Center Stage at The Armory bursts at the seams with new play energy. JAW (short for Just Add Water): A Playwrights Festival gathers artists […]
Roald Dahl, with his colorful stories and even more colorful language, was known for often outrageous children’s stories. (We were great fans when the children were younger!) For Lakewood Theatre‘s 67th season opener, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical bursts onto the stage with a cast of 27, mostly children, great music, and an indelible message about GIRL […]
Ken Ludwig‘s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, opened Clackamas Repertory Theatre‘s 14th season at Osterman Theatre on the campus of Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Much like Clackamas Rep’s 2016 smash hit Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, also by Ken Ludwig, Sherwood is a Monty Python-esque performance filled with quick wit, even quicker costume […]
“Bootycandy is not easy to present,” notes playwright Robert O’Hara. “But being Black and Queer ain’t easy either.” Bootycandy is presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble as the featured production of OUTwright Theatre Festival, and opened June 14 in conjunction with Portland Pride. It explores what it means to be a black gay man in America. […]
A virus plagues the country, in Alan Browne’s play Beirut, produced by Beirut in PDX, LLC. It spreads through the exchange of bodily fluids, and there is no cure. So the government has stepped in and placed those who test positive in quarantine. Beirut is the fictional neighborhood in lower Manhattan where the infected are sent […]
Summer season is here! And for Broadway Rose Theatre Company, that means BIG musicals. But this year, with Broadway Rose’s summer venue under construction, the big musicals are being staged at their New Stage–a considerably smaller space. When artists are faced with a challenge, we adapt. As a result, Into the Woods, with music and […]
Just when you’re one headline away from throwing in the towel, a beautiful new comedy hits the Main Stage at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. Karen Zacarias‘s Native Gardens is that play. Directed by Melissa Crespo, this is a light-hearted comedy about a couple who want to build a wall. Pablo (Erick Gonzalez) and […]
There is a reason journalists use “man on the street” interviews. It is because they work so well. They grab the audience as nothing else can. When the microphone is placed in front of the mouth of an ordinary soul, something new and surprising often is shared. And so it is that, using this technique, […]
A Writer’s Life
The State of the State July was a month of wonderful summer weather punctuated by a couple thunder and lightning storms and a grand adventure to southeastern Oregon. Steen’s Mountain is about as far into the middle of nowhere as one can get, so I don’t undertake these little jaunts on my own. My sister […]
The State of the State Omar and I met twelve years and three months ago at the Oregon Humane Society. After looking at all the cats in the place, some of them twice, I happened to glance into the cat play area where I spotted a magnificent animal stretched out on one of the platforms, […]
The State of the State A friend of mine who shall remain nameless in the interests of privacy is under the weather and likely to be so for a while. Since she is not able to garden, she asked me to compile a summer reading list to keep her from going insane. It only makes […]
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The State of the State Friday night I watched the Blazers play the Nuggets in the NBA playoffs. It was a home game, and I was hooked up to a friend’s ESPN, all by myself save for a dog and a bowl of ice cream. What started as just another game ended in an epic […]
The State of the State When I worked at Newberg High School some eons ago, I used to wear a “No Whining” button–one of those circles with the line through it. I loved those kids. We’d have poetry readings at my house once a month and I’d make dessert. Poems were read and critiqued and […]
The State of the State “February is the cruelest month in western Oregon”, or so says amateur sleuth Emma Golden in The Difficult Sister, the second book in my Emma Golden Mystery Series. I put those words in her head for a reason. By February in these parts, most of us have had it. The […]
The State of the State If you are reading this, you are connected to the new judynedry.com website, completely updated and sporting with a fresh new look. A round of applause goes out to my friend and Internet Guru Aaron Yeagle. I met Aaron when I moved back to Portland from wine country in late […]
This is way too exciting to wait until my next newsletter. Here it is. Ta-DA! Designed by Aaron Yeagle, this is the cover for Blackthorn, my soon-to-be-released gothic novel! The book is written, but it’s not done yet. It’s not baked. At this stage, consider that it is in a warm room, rising. It will […]
The State of the State I write this on New Year’s Day, looking back on a year that has fizzled and looking forward to a fresh new year filled with plans, anticipation, surprises, and Things That Must Be Dealt With. In my life today, it is always good when Christmas is over. My favorite holiday […]
The state of the state Once again, it is past mid-month and I find myself wondering how on earth this happened. The month began with several days spent in the bowels of the Multnomah County Elections Office doing the very necessary and unglamorous business of preparing ballots to be run through counting machines. Democracy isn’t […]
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