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Audition for Murder

(Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the tu ...more
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by The Mystery Company (first published May 1985)
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I especially loved about P.M. Carlson's AUDITION FOR MURDER is that she really knows her theater and she really knows her Shakespeare!

That being said I'd have to agree with one reviewer who wrote that people who understand theater and have been exposed to Shakespeare's Hamlet would love this mystery while others would not enjoy it at all.

Her insightful descriptions of how directors and actors approach a part would probably strike the general mystery reader as obtuse and unnecessary. It dre
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
If you don't like theater, and Shakespeare in particular, you'll hate this mystery. I read this years ago but completely forgot about it. We're reading it for our next mystery book group and after reading just a few pages I remembered major details. I think I enjoyed it more this time than my first reading.

The setting on a college campus in the late 1960s felt authentic to me. I enjoyed all the details involved with the staging of Hamlet, and found glimpses into the times interesting. Enough so
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. Highly recommended. Nick O'Conner and his beautiful wife, Lisette, both Broadway actors, agree to perform in a college theater department's version of "Hamlet" and teach classes in acting. There are some hard feelings among the students who thought they would play Ophelia rather than Lisette. The stage scenes and lingo are marvellous, the plot full of twists.
Karen M
“Out damned spot, I say!” quote Lady MacBeth. Okay, so this is not about MacBeth but that’s one of the few quotes from Shakespeare that I remember. This is about Hamlet. To be precise it is about a college production of Hamlet with professional actors for the most part playing the leads.

The leading lady part of Ophelia is being played by Lisette and her husband, Nick O’Connor, has been hired to appear as the King along with Rob Jenner as Hamlet. Lisette has lead a troubled life and Nick is grate
Jane Chizmar
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was a free book thru goodreads first reads and unfortunately I am not a shakespeare fan and as this was the theme throughout it left me wanting for more about murder and less about acting. Sorry I couldn't be more appreciative for all the hard work that went into this book.
Oct 04, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a new edition of the mystery that introduced Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor, available in trade paperback and many Ebook formats (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best mystery in a long time. I had no idea who did it & all loose ends tied up.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice cozy mystery, with the death happening late in the story. Lots of Hamlet quotes, as they are performing it on a University campus. The killer surprised me.
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P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and a dozen mystery short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar award, a Macavity award, and twice for Anthony awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Write ...more

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