A Winsome Murder by James DeVita

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Either way, Devita has the start of something magnificent here. He has created a complex and intriguing character in Mangan, and A Winsome Murder sets the stage for what could be one of the best new thriller series in years.
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A grisly murder in a pastoral Wisconsin town, Winsome Bay, proves to be only the opening act in a twisting, darkening series of gruesome deaths. Acclaimed already for his young adult fiction, actor/director/playwright James DeVita now debuts an addictive, adult thriller that takes us from Chicago’s underbelly to the Wisconsin woods.

            In this fast-paced novel we meet a gorgeous waitress with a haunted past, an author juggling a failing career and motherhood, and a hard-bitten detective with unexpected inspiration from William Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays—and nobody escapes the nightmare created by a psychotic killer of women.



Best books for public & secondary school libraries from university presses, American Library Association



Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Library Association (one of ten 2015 books chosen)



“A page-turner from beginning to end. . . . Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.”—Midwest Book Review



“In addition to a unique detective, a wholly original story, and some literary flair, DeVita has filled these pages with timely and biting social commentary, which does much to add to the real feel of this creative whodunit.”—Chicago Book Review
 

About James DeVita

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James DeVita is a core company member and literary manager at the American Players Theatre, a professional classical repertory company in Spring Green, Wisconsin. He has worked extensively as a playwright and has published two novels for younger readers, The Silenced and Blue. He is a native of Long Island, New York, and now lives near Spring Green.
 
Published June 22, 2015 by University of Wisconsin Press. 196 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Patricia Gale on Sep 10 2015

Either way, Devita has the start of something magnificent here. He has created a complex and intriguing character in Mangan, and A Winsome Murder sets the stage for what could be one of the best new thriller series in years.

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