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Hang Down Your Head (Randy Craig Mystery #4)
by Janice MacDonald (Goodreads Author)
Despite her best efforts to lead a peaceful life, murder, mystery and mayhem continue to follow reluctant sleuth Randy Craig. Maybe she shouldn't live in Edmonton. Or date a cop. Or work for the famous Folkways Collection library on the University of Alberta campus.Randy has just started the dream job of any banjo-playing folkie freelance writer, when the children of a dec ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 30th 2011 by Ravenstone
(first published October 28th 2011)
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As a long-time folk music lover, I found this book to be at once fascinating and affirming. I also love mystery, and Janice does an excellent job of keeping the reader delving ever deeper into the strange events that propel her story ... the Edmonton details are both accurate and familiar, but they don't discourage 'outsiders' from reading and enjoying the book.
Another mystery from Randy's life. This time it's around her involvement with folkwaysAlive! project with U of A and Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Since I plan to visit the festival next year this book was a great read in many ways. Now I know what to expect and how to plan my visit to the festival as if I had visited it before. Also, thanks to the book, I know where to educate myself on folk music (http://www.folkways.si.edu/). Randy was a real as always, it was great to hang out with her. Look ...more
I'm not a mystery lover. I'm not particularly passionate about folk music. I do love Edmonton, though, and it was a bit of a novelty to read this descriptive book set in highly familiar settings. However, the sleepy action read a lot like a personal journal of any typical Edmontonian describing their daily life in minute (read boring) detail. The murder plot details were graphic but read as unnecessarily gimmicky. I was glad to read a local author but this book won't encourage me to read any mor ...more
Again, lots of fun, especially for its look at Edmonton's folk festival and folk music in general. A good mystery, and I learned lots (one of the things I like about this series is how the author not only writes a mystery, but also provides interesting background information about the broader setting -- this time, Edmonton's Folk Music Festival and folk music in general).
If you've ever been to Edmonton Folk Festival, you must read this book. I was reading it when the folk festival started last summer, and almost turned my car toward Alberta so that I wouldn't miss out on the fun. Randy Craig is "everywoman", which makes her antics particularly enjoyable.
Janice MacDonald is a bestselling Canadian author who is best known for a series of crime novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda "Randy" Craig. The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton, Alberta, where Janice lives and works. Janice is also the author of 2017's Confederation Drive, a work of creative non-fiction written for Canada's 150th birthday. Her other ...moreMore about Janice MacDonald...
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