The Hanged Man's Noose

The Hanged Man's Noose

Judy Penz Sheluk / May 13, 2021

The Hanged Man s Noose Small town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast moving deftly written tale of high stakes real estate wrangling gone amok Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor

  • Title: The Hanged Man's Noose
  • Author: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • ISBN: 9781941295243
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Small town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast moving, deftly written tale of high stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount s Landing, a small town named after a colorful nineteenth century Canadian traitor As she interviews the local business owners for the magaSmall town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast moving, deftly written tale of high stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount s Landing, a small town named after a colorful nineteenth century Canadian traitor As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega box store At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town s historic Main Street.But Arabella is not alone in her opposition Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily s journalistic suspicions are aroused.Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven s latest scheme before the murderer strikes again.

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      • Judy Penz Sheluk

        An international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk writes two mystery series the Glass Dolphin Mysteries The Hanged Man s Noose A Hole in One and the Marketville Mysteries Skeletons in the Attic.Her short crime fiction appears in several collections.In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy works as a freelance writer her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S and Canadian consumer and trade publications She is currently the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime Guppies, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers, the South Simcoe Arts Council, the Short Fiction Mystery Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves on the Board of Directors representing Toronto and Southern OntarioIn addition to her website, you find Judy on Facebook at facebook JudyPenzSheluk, on Pinterest at pinterest judypenzsheluk and on Twitter JudyPenzSheluk


    1. Novel received courtesy of Goodread giveawayI enjoyed this novel as a quirky mystery that turned out to be really enjoyable. The book was complicated by too many characters with too much background information to keep straight in such a short book. It would have been better, in my opinion, to have fewer characters. The author worked so diligently to give her characters rich backgrounds and I appreciate that.The story takes place in Lount's Landing, a small town north of Toronto that is in the pr [...]

    2. Thank you very much Judy Penz Sheluk for this free copy in exchange of an honest review.4.5 Stars.The title was the first thing to attract me to this book, it sounded intriguing and i knew i wanted to read the story behind it.Emily Garland, a free lancer journalist, was sent to a small town "Lount’s Landing" to investigate the new project of Garret Stonehaven, a real estate developer with a lot of enemies.The atmosphere of this small Canadian town was simply intoxicating. I really loved it. Th [...]

    3. A tweet about an interview with editor Lourdes Venard led me to freelance reporter and author Judy Penz Sheluk’s blog site and the discovery of her debut mystery novel, THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE. These opening lines of the book’s synopsis hooked me:Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine basedin Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th century Canadian traitor.As the novel unfolded, I quickly developed a liking for the protagonist, [...]

    4. Loved this debut novel! I couldn't put it down - read it in 2 days. One murder was enough, but when people start getting bumped off left and right, well it starts to read like a Clue game. Everybody is a suspect! And of course, the murderer is never the one you would expect The characters are very well developed - I liked Emily a lot. She was fresh-faced and ambitious without being too naïve. Sheluk demonstrates great use of voice, not an easy feat when switching character POVs. The chapters ar [...]

    5. I love debut novels - especially ones that end with a hint of fantastic things to come in future books! I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. The characters drew me into the story right away and the twists and turns didn't end until the book did! The lovely small town setting really described life in a small town! Lots of laughs and great lines in this book too! I felt like the main characters could be good girlfriends of mine! Take some time to read this book if you like quirky characters [...]

    6. This debut novel is a great start to the Glass Dolphin mysteries. Sheluk gives us a traditional mystery with a smart journalist protagonist and a setting unusual for US readers: a village northeast of Toronto. The plot unfolds as Emily Garland uncovers all kinds of secrets as she tracks down a killer, or perhaps two. The writing is well executed, the characters clearly drawn, and the action compelling. I loved the quirky Arabella, too. I highly recommend this read, and look forward to the next i [...]

    7. Hanged Man's Noose kept me captivated and entertained. With hints sprinkled throughout the story, I had to read to the end to know who'd-done-it! Very clever writing, fun pacing, and wonderful character development hooked me. Loved it, Judy, and will look forward to reading the next story.Sheri S Levy

    8. I quite enjoyed Judy's debut novel. While a bit outside of my Noir genre, it was a pleasure to read her well-paced book that examines the impact of an impending large development on a small community. Murder is sure to follow and journalist Emily Garland is there to dig deep and get answers.

    9. Small town, dark secrets, and murder all come together in the masterfully crafted mystery. A delightful debut novel. A driven, sometimes naive, Emily Garland finds herself in the midst of murder when she tries to solve crimes of the past. Definitely a novel you can sink into and enjoy.

    10. Review originally published at: lomeraniel/audiobookreJournalist Emily Garland is hired by a big company to try to unearth the secrets and find out the real intentions of Garrett Stonehaven, a famous and rich real estate agent. She will have to work undercover in the small town of Lount’s Landing, as the editor of a niche magazine. Emily will have to do some sleuth work, and nothing is what it seems. From a point onwards bodies start to pile up, and this mission seems to be more dangerous than [...]

    11. This book was good, however, I did have to reread a few chapters as the story lines got a bit too mixed up. It kind of felt like they were trying to add extra mystery to an already mysterious plot line, most were open ended or just left you at a dead in, maybe it will be cleared up in any follow up books but it is something I noticed.The ending is good but it also felt somewhat flat for some reason, some actions by characters were just silly and unrealistic, and the whole story being handed over [...]

    12. This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:The Hanged Man's Noose is a very entertaining introduction to a series of cozy mysteries. The plot is engaging, with enough clues here and there and enough red herrings to intrigue the reader / listener. The two main characters, Emily and Arabella, are both very likeable and a complete oppposite of each other, one being sensible and calm, the other hot-headed and compulsive. They make a perfect team of amateur sleuths, trying to discove [...]

    13. This book hooked me from page 3. Intelligently written, it is not too sappy or over the top in its descriptions, and is full of engaging characters.With more than one murder, this story has more twists and turns than a switchback, making it intriguing and entertaining. Just when you think you have it figured out, the author gives you hints about a new suspect.The Hanged Man's Noose is a great read and I gave it a well-deserved 5 stars.

    14. Hanged Man’s Noose is the author’ debut book in A Glass Dolphin Mystery series. This is a classical cozy, in that it takes place in a colorful small town, and has lots compelling characters and no gore to gum it up. Emily Garland, a writer for Urban Living Publications, is given an assignment by her editor, Michelle Ellis, to become the managing editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a town named after a 19th century Canadian traitor and a tourist attraction with its variety [...]

    15. Although my WIP, Half-Truths, has elements of mystery, I've never attempted writing a suspense thriller. And while it's challenging writing a novel from two-points-of-view, the intricacies of the Hanged Man's Noose's plot and the way in which Sheluk wove together a complicated backstory, clues, and red herrings--makes me think that my work is a piece of cake. Or, perhaps, in the case of this Canadian whodunit, a "Treasontini"--blueberry vodka plus triple sec plus blueberry juice--as pictured on [...]

    16. Rating: 3.5/5 I received a copy of The Hanged Man’s Noose from the author in exchange for an honest review.Lount’s Landing is a work of fiction, which is based loosely on the real town of Holland Landing, Ontario. Historic downtowns are some of my favourite places to visit here in Ontario, so I was able to create a vivid picture of the setting in my head. Also being from a small town myself, I was able to relate with the residents reactions to redevelopment and expansion. There are always pe [...]

    17. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. Freelance writer, Emily, has a chance to finally expose her nemesis while "undercover" in Lount's Landing. Before long, Emily discovers that the residents of Lount's Landing are not all they appear to be and the tangled relationships hide sinister secrets. As the bodies begin to add up and the past seems to be coming back to haunt everyone, including Emily, she and Glass Dolphin owner, Arabella, try to unravel the mysteries behind the [...]

    18. PLEASING AND ENTERTAININGSheluk’s The Hanged Man’s Noose is named after a pub in the fictional town of Lount’s Landing, a once thriving yet picturesque community looking for a face-lift. Emily is a free-lance writer and is sent to Lount’s Landing on assignment by her editor, Michelle Ellis. She has a hidden agenda, Emily discovers later. The town is divided: the school, that has stood empty for a few years, is up for sale. The local realtor is involved in a deal with an of town developer [...]

    19. I loved this book! The story itself swings right along, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. The characters, Anabella and Emily, Garret and Levon, and all the bad guys and girls lurking in the houses and streets of the wonderfully-created Lount's Landing are all well-drawn and interesting. And the antiques background to the book made me immediately want to go on Ebay and start collecting interesting antiques.The author has studied and written about antiques and this knowledge base s [...]

    20. I have never read a book from the “mystery” genre prior to The Hanged Mans Noose by Judy Penz Sheluk. After attending an author signing event, and being impressed by Sheluk as a speaker, I decided to give her writing a chance. I might not be ready to declare myself the newest fan of the mystery genre, but I am definitely fast becoming a fan of Judy Penz Sheluk. The Hanged Mans Noose is a proudly Canadian novel, that captures the lifestyle and landscape of Southern Ontario. Sheluk brings the [...]

    21. Great Read! This is a really good debut novel providing high expectations that it is the start of a good series. The setting is excellent and well described and really becomes an important part of the story. The characters are fairly well developed and Emily and Arabella are quite a bit more believable than many amateur sleuths in a lot of novels because they both show a bit more intelligence and are less naive than the characters in many other mysteries and don't bumble around and fall blindly [...]

    22. Set in a small Canadian town, a journalist takes on the position of editor of a magazine. It is only a cover for her real job which is to find out what a real estate developer plans to do with the old schoolhouse. Good characters, interesting setting. It has some real historical facts thrown in so you learn something in addition to reading a nice cozy.

    23. Emily and Arabella are a pair of my favorite sleuths, in this who-done-it tale of mystery and intrigue. Kept me guessing until the end; totally loved it!. As a resident of pre-gentrified Brooklyn, I can totally relate to the plight of local communities against the big box stores. Looking forward to the future of this series!*I received a copy of this book via Giveaways

    24. I haven't read a mystery for a long time and this was a delight. Love the setting of a small Ontario town with a vibrant main street and the strong characters especially, Emily, Arabella and Levon. I am looking forward to meeting them again for another adventure.

    25. I loved the storey the , characters and the promise of more adventures and scandles.Great first Novel.A must read

    26. A fun mystery. It has all the features I enjoy, including a small town with an interesting cast of characters. I can't wait to read Book 2!

    27. Really good mystery. Well written with well-developed characters. I received a free kindle copy of this book from the author and really enjoyed it.

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