Cue the Dead Guy by H. Mel Malton
(A Polly Deacon Mystery)

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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.


About H. Mel Malton

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H. Mel Malton was born in England and emigrated with her family to Canada in the 1960s. She grew up in Bracebridge, Ontario, and spent six years at post-secondary studies in various places, including the Ontario College of Art, Ryerson Theatre School and Acadia University. She is still diploma-free. Mel spent ten years or so touring North America in the professional theatre business as both actor and stage manager, but eventually gave up "the security of working for underfunded arts organizations" for the comfortable safety-net offered by a writing career. She recently moved to Nova Scotia, where she lives in the Annapolis Valley with her two dogs, Karma and Ego. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and her first mystery novel, Down in the Dumps (Rendezvous Press, 1998) was short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second Polly Deacon novel, Cue the Dead Guy, was released in 1999, the third, Dead Cow in Aisle Three, was published in the fall of 2001, followed by One Large Coffin To Go in 2003. Her first young adult series, The Alan Nearing Mysteries, began with The Drowned Violin, (2006) and was followed by Pioneer Poltergeist in the fall of 2007.
Published November 1, 1999 by Napoleon and Co. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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