Friday, July 15, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Shadow of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome

Shadow Of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome
Shadow Of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome 
 Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (May 3, 2022) 
Category: Amateur Sleuths, Crime Thriller, Love Story 
Tour dates: June 9-July 15, 2022 
ISBN: 978-1952782572 
Available in Print and ebook, 
330 pages 
Shadow Of the Gypsy

Description Shadow Of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome

A nemesis out of the past suddenly returns, forcing Josh Bartlett to come to terms with his true identity. Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he'd begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she'd have him) and, at long last, live a normal life. After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form Josh had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that—a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way. And no matter where he was, he wouldn't travel thousands of miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn't be, not now, not after all this.

Praise Shadow Of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome

Sharp writing, and a keen pace keep this story rolling.”– Lee A. Jacobus, author of Crown Island and Hawaiian Tales “Shadow of the Gypsy is intriguing, complicated, and mysterious. . . ”– Tina M. Zion, award winning author and international teach of intuition “By turns charming and chilling, Shadow of the Gypsy is that rarest of gems, a crime novel that curdles the blood, even as it tugs on the heartstrings. . . “– Jaden Terrell, author of A Taste of Blood and Ashes, River of Glass, A Cup Full of Midnight, and Racing the Devil “Once you start, you won’t want to stop reading . ..”– Jana Zinser, author of The Children’s Train: Escape on the Kindertransport and Fly Like a Bird Winner of Readers Favorite 2021 for Miranda and the D-Day Caper: Mystery


Quickly, he was outside in the snow again, searching frantically for the Christmas present. Trudging through the stands of evergreens in his slippers, shivering so hard he couldn’t stand it, frozen crusted pine combs under foot till he spotted the van in a clearing. There were shouts and threats. There was a bloodcurdling scream. He thrust himself forward to see, though for the life of him he didn’t want to see, didn’t want to ever know. A dagger flashed in the moonlight. Zharko’s hand raised up and plummeted down over and over, finally cutting off the screaming for good.
Spinning around, Josh scurried over the pine combs and raced off, shaking with fear and cold, searching for the Christmas present. Longing to join the kids beyond the woods, snug inside, embraced by their mothers and the warmth of the hearth, glistening presents dangling under the tree laced with tinsel and garlands of spangled light. 
He thrashed around seeking this first-ever Christmas present that would make everything nice but found only his pillow and woke with a start. He sat up. There was no going back to sleep opting for dreamy images of walking to school with Molly as the weather turned to spring, buttercups lining the path. No way to erase anything. He was left with the same chill again from this morning turning into an ache that had no name.
An ache it was useless to gloss over.

Shadow Of the Gypsy by Shelly FromeAbout Shelly Frome

Award winning author, Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels, cozy mystery novels, and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper was his last foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth, until now. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Website: Facebook: Twitter:

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My Review

I have had the pleasure of reading books by Shelly Frome in the past and have enjoyed them. Shadow of the Gypsy is now my new favorite written by him to date. This one had twists and turns that made my head spin, making me stay on the edge of my seat. I had to read it from cover to cover in one sitting to find out how it would all end. It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. I loved it. 

I am giving Shadow of the Gypsy five stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading suspense filled thrillers. I look forward to seeing where else Shelly Frome’s imagination will take his readers to next. This one is worth a read. 

I received a paperback copy of Shadow of the Gypsy from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

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