Stonedust by Justin Scott
(Ben Abbott Mystery)

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After reading Justin Scott’s debut Ben Abbott mystery, HardScape, Donald Westlake said of Abbott, “I’m looking forward to house and villain hunting with him again.” Ben Abbott is back in StoneDust, a complex, richly plotted, and enthralling mystery that tests this witty, literate realtor and fledgling detective as never before.

The Fisks’ weekend party, a “sleep-over” for select couples, remains the talk of the town long after Reg Hopkins’ body turns up in an isolated covered bridge. It appears Reg may have paid the party a fleeting visit—before dying in a way everyone swears was impossible. Ben, who used to play backyard baseball with Reg and all the party guests, must take up the matter with a hometown cast of friends, foes, and family—including his ninety-year-old Aunt Connie, the rising politician and his sometime lover Vicky McLachlan, the comely and ambitious State Police Detective Marian Boyce, and a pair of deadly housebreakers. Soon everybody’s getting much more in the way of kicks than they bargained for.

In the New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio called Ben Abbott, “a likeable guy of sound mind and decent character.... In a field of fiction overrun with middle-aged boys and girls at play, let’s call him an unreconstructed grown-up.” StoneDust will surely confirm that assessment.

About Justin Scott

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Justin Scott is the author of twenty-two novels. He has been called the Dick Francis of yachting. In his other life as a mystery writer, he created the Ben Abbott detective series and was twice nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in American history. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, the filmmaker Amber Edwards.
Published November 20, 2013 by Great Scott! eBooks. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pressed to investigate by Janey Hopkins, distraught that she's been widowed before she and her lawyer-lover could finish divorcing Reg, insider-trader- turned-realtor Ben Abbott (HardScape, 1994) wonders if Reg, who had a long history of party-crashing, could have been the extra guest seen duckin...

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HardScape) delivers another literate, witty and absorbing mystery starring Ben Abbott, the former Wall Street high-roller who, having done time for financial misdealing, now sells real estate in his hometown of Newbury, Conn.

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