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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.
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.
The author is clearly talented. The first-person narrative is intriguing all the way through because her character is interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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An outstanding and gritty performance of Macbeth is now onstage at the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. The play is intriguing in that it has been edited down to a 90-minute version of itself by Obie-winning director and choreographer Lee Sunday Evans. Her thrilling, spare adaptation loses nothing in translation. If […]
Walking into Broadway Rose Theatre to see Once (book by Edna Walsh), one is transformed to a Dublin street set. A jolly bunch of musicians/actors play fiddles, guitars, and an accordion on stage and in front of it. There’s laughter and joking as audience members roam the stage and talk to the cast. Outdoor tables next to […]
“I live in a yogurt, my feelings don’t get hurt.” #46, The Wolves Nothing quite tells one about one’s culture like a pack of teenage girls–in this case, a wolfpack of teenage girls. The Wolves, a play by Sarah DeLappe and the name of DeLappe’s fictional indoor soccer team, tells a deep and revealing story about high […]
Nellie-Nora (Jamie M. Rea) is the strong one. Cathy (Sasha Belle Neufeld) is a wee bit sick. Mandy (Dainichia Noreault) is a wee bit off. Brigit (Lucy Paschall) is a wee bit angry. Juliet (Wynee Hu) “from the orphanage” is the newbie. These are the women of a convent laundry at St. Paul’s Home for […]
Winston Smith (Chris Harder) sits alone in a room rewriting Party history, deleting characters from tomes at the Ministry of Truth as they are disgraced or executed. The year is 1984. Everywhere televisions monitor peoples’ every activity. Oceania is at war, and potential traitors to the Party, to Big Brother, must be dealt with! George […]
It’s a dark and stormy night when Brad (Colin Stephen Kane) and Janet (Christine Greenhalgh) set out to visit a former professor, Dr. Scott (Brian Burger), and announce their engagement. As things tend to happen on such nights, the young couple become stranded when the front driver’s side tire on Brad’s car gives up the […]
“For a Queens girl in the world, 1950 was a very interesting year in which to be born,” notes dramaturg Pancho Savery of Caleen Sinnette Jennings’s 2010 play Queens Girl in the World, now playing at Clackamas Repertory Theatre. This beautiful, semi-autobiographic play focuses on the young Jacqueline Marie Butler (Lauren Steele), a 13 year old […]
Melinda Lopez‘s Mala, now onstage at CoHo Theatre, is a very difficult play for those of us at a certain age to watch. This 80-minute one-act details the life of Mala (Julana Torres,below) as she takes care of her failing 92-year-old mother. “‘Mala’ means ‘bad.’ Not that you have done something bad, but that you […]
What constitutes community? Is it the neighborhood you were raised in, or your high school? Is it the corner market where you bought penny candy as a kid, and that vacant lot where you built forts, and the old lady who lived next door? Perhaps it’s your church. Endless possibilities…. In The Heights (book by Quiara […]
A Writer’s Life
The State of the State September came and went in a flash as Portland-area theatres opened their new seasons and kept me busy attending plays and writing reviews. It brings a rush of pleasure when theatres open their doors each season, with great excitement for new works and seeing some familiar plays as well. September […]
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 […]
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 […]