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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The author is clearly talented. The first-person narrative is intriguing all the way through because her character is interesting.
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.
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.
It is approaching Christmas, 1815, and Elizbeth Darcy (Cindy Im), nee Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice fame, has introduced a Chrismas tree into the hallowed halls of Pemberley. Mr. Darcy (Isaac Lamb) is near-horrified. “We are not recently German,” he declaims. Portland Center Stage greets the holiday season with Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon‘s […]
Tonight through Sunday, December 7, Profile Theatre presents concert stagings of two plays in rotating repertory. Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined set in the Democratic Republic of Congo was originally inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s infamous anti-war modernist classic, Mother Courage and Her Children. Profile has staged the stories side by side. Both are performed […]
Strange happenings are afoot at Glancing Bright, a stately Victorian country house, home of Lady Constance Ashford (Rebecca Morse), a distressed and nearly helpless widow. Thankfully, there is Tomkins (Rick Warren) at her side, should she be stricken with The Vapors. It’s Christmas Eve, 1885. Lady Ashford’s daughter Cynthia (Caralynn Shields) hopes to become engaged […]
Broadway Rose Theatre Company has kicked off the holiday season with its original musical It Happened One Christmas. Written, directed, and choreographed by Broadway Rose Managing Director Dan Murphy, the show is a revue of Christmas songs–some old, some new, some traditional, and some you’ve never heard of–fashioned around a simple story line. Who knows what […]
La Ruta, in Spanish, means “the route”. In Isaac Gomez‘s new play La Ruta, it could well mean “the road to Hell”. For the residents of Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border town and sister city to El Paso, la ruta is the bus route traveled by women, often in the dark, on the way home […]
It’s a madcap scene in 1593 London! The feckless Hugh Pennyman (Grant Byington) literally has his feet to the fire. Young and penniless, Will Shakespeare (Murri Lazeroff-Babin) is a playwright without a play and is plagued by a bad case of writer’s block. Across town, wealthy merchant’s daughter, Viola de Lesseps (Kelsey Glasser), is about […]
Families can be so full of surprises. Take Uncle Stevie (Tyrone Mitchell Henderson) for example. He loves hip-hop but can’t keep up in his dance class. He gets kicked out of his aerobics class. Yoga? Forget it. But, boy, can he open a can of worms! Brittany K. Allen‘s new play Redwood made its world premiere […]
Shakespeare aficionados would be hard-pressed to find a better offering of the Bard’s works than Tina Packer‘s Women of Will now playing at Portland Playhouse. “Part masterclass/part performance: Funny, fierce, deep and accessible…” is how the folks at Portland Playhouse describe this incredible series of performances. The work is both scholarly and entertaining, and incorporates the […]
Max (Samson Syharath) needs to pay the rent, and with no prospects in sight, he starts an Asian ghostbuster business with his brother Visarut (Lidet Viravong). “I’ll do the talking,” he informs Visarut. Felix (Jasper Howard) and Delia (Andrea White) have a ghost that needs busting. It’s an Asian ghost. Felix has never seen it, […]
When Anna (Jen Rowe), an unmarried, first grade schoolteacher, is diagnosed with the fictitious Acquired Toilet Disease (ATD), presumably contracted from an elementary school toilet seat, what on earth can be done? Nobody wants to talk about it. It’s fatal, and there is no known cure. Profile Theatre presents Paula Vogel‘s The Baltimore Waltz, an […]
A Writer’s Life
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Friday the 13th is your lucky day! This Friday, September 13, I am featuring a Friday Freebie of my recently re-released book, An Unholy Alliance, the first book in the Emma Golden Mystery Series. Here’s how it works: Any time after midnight Thursday night until midnight Friday night you may order your Ebook copy of An Unholy Alliance absolutely […]
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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 […]