Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Trick or Deceit (Celebration Bay, #4)” as Want to Read:
Trick or Deceit (Celebration Bay, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Trick or Deceit

(Celebration Bay #4)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  56 reviews
The author of Independence Slay invites readers back to Celebration Bay for Halloween festivities with more tricks than treats…

This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Berkley
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Trick or Deceit, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Trick or Deceit

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  342 ratings  ·  56 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Trick or Deceit (Celebration Bay, #4)
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
In more than plenty of time for Halloween, TRICK OR DECEIT is the perfect book to read for the season. But I bet you won’t last that long before you read this installment of the Celebration Bay Mystery series.

It’s October in Celebration Bay and murder and mischief was not supposed to be on the agenda for event coordinator Liv Montgomery. Well, not the real thing anyway. But that doesn’t stop it from happening.

Halloween is my favorite holiday setting for cozy mysteries. I mean, how perfect, rig
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This is a cute series, but like the other I read which was a Christmas tale, it didn't hold my interest for very long at a time. I enjoyed the Halloween time frame, but the mystery seemed to drag for me. I figured it out well before the big reveal. I have another of these, but if it drags, too, I won't read beyond that. ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trick or Deceit is the fourth book in the Celebration Bay Mystery series.

It's always delightful for me to visit with the folks who reside in Celebration Bay.

Liv and Ted are busy getting ready for the annual Halloween Festival.

The stores have all been decorated and about the only thing yet be done is the selection of the first annual Haunted House contest. When the winners and runners-up are announced, the second place winner, Ernie Bolton, is livid. The prize is $10,000 and he desperately need
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
In Celebration Bay, a family friendly destination town they take holidays very seriously. It's hard not to imagine the picturesque beauty with the small town setting. Halloween is one holiday that holds no exception. There's a haunted house competition in Celebration Bay, three finalists are vying for the winners prize of ten thousand dollars with the new community center receiving the rest of the proceeds.

Liv Montgomery is a event coordonator for Celebration Bay, may be in over her head when
Andrea Guy
I really love cozy mysteries and I love holiday stories and this is both. I am so glad I was introduced to this series with this book. Liv and Ted are great characters as is her dog, Whiskey.

Shelley creates the perfect small town that you wish you lived in. I felt right at home in Celebration Bay from the very start. Why can't more towns be like the ones in cozy mysteries and Debbie Macomber novels?

What I found really unique about this series, is that there's no love interest for Liv. There's s
Mark Baker
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont (Celebration Bay #4) – 5
The first annual haunted house contest in Celebration Bay ends in tragedy when the winning house is vandalized and a dead body is found in with the fake body parts. Is the jealous runner up to blame? Who else might have wanted to kill the victim?

This is my fourth trip to Celebration Bay in the last year, and I’ve enjoyed each of them. Once again, the book provides some unique clues and red herrings that I found lots of fun. It was great
April Schilling
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's Halloween time in Celebration Bay and with the Fall Festival and now the Celebration Bay Official Halloween House contest, Liv and Ted have their hands full. Everything seems to go well with the contest till the winners are announced and there are hurt feelings and accusations. Just when Liv thinks everything is in hand, the winning house is vandalized. Luckily it seems all of the mannequin pieces are right in the field next door. Unluckily, is the dead body that's there with them.

I really
❂ Murder by Death
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3.5 stars

The mystery in this one was pretty easy; I spotted the killer fairly early on and the motivation was somewhat obvious. Still, it kept my attention and it was a fun read themed for Halloween.

Wordier review:
Bedrooped Bookworms
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Liv is back as Celebration Bay's event planner, where every season is another way to bring in guests.  This time it's Halloween, and the winner has just been picked when a judge turns up dead inside the ransacked winner's house.  Meanwhile, a former acquaintance from the city is coming in to hopefully fall in love with the town and hopefully be willing to put in a good word for a new community center.  But how can the town put its best foot forward with this nefarious action going around?

I read
J.J. Lair
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This mystery doesn't start with a bang like most mysteries. Dream Dancing is like that also so I'm willing to give this time to find its way. The beginning is set up and dialogue. The story dragged in the middle, but when it came to the shoes, it got good again. The trap at the end was well done. The overall story was good. ...more
No town observes holidays the way Celebration Bay, New York, does. The residents pull out all the stops. This time, though, in Shelley Freydont's Trick or Deceit, someone wants to ruin Halloween. A vandalized haunted house is one thing. But, event planner Liv Montgomery draws the line at murder.

Liv is already nervous. An old friend, Jonathan Preston, is on his way to town to check it out for possible funding from a philanthropic foundation. The fate of the town's community center is in his hands
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Big city girl Liv Montgomery has now been the event coordinator for the small southern town and tourist location Celebration Bay for a year. She feels fairly comfortable with the folks who keep coming to her to solve their problems, including the local sheriff. She even is beginning to appreciate the less formal attire required, although there will always be people who want to feel superior by the way they dress. Halloween is approaching and the whole town has gotten into the spirit full force. ...more
A Holland Reads
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the Halloween theme of this book and what better time of year to start reading books like this. I hated that the Museum of Yankee Horror was vandalized and then a dead body was found in there as well how creepy. It is fun to go along with Liv as she is trying to find out who would kill one of the contest judges. It was enjoyable to visit this quaint little town again and hear what is going on with the characters. In my opinion the author did a good job of keeping you guessing on who was ...more
Shelley Giusti
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's just about time for Halloween and Shelley Freydont's newest book Trick or Deceit will put you in the festive mood. With parties, decorations, fun food and murder you will be trapped in this book from the first page. Who doesn't love a good treat on Halloween. Get this book today and you will enjoy it from the start. Find out who the killer is before time is up. Happy Halloween ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was between three and four stars but I will round up to four. It was a good mystery, I was never sure who did it until the end. I also like the holiday setting. I did find myself getting distracted though and putting the book down several times.
Amy V
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2015
I can not wait for the next book in this series to come out!! :)
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This was just ok. The mystery was pretty mediocre, the villain was pretty obvious, none of the red herrings were very tricky. It's a serviceable cozy mystery and if you like the main character and the town, it's probably more like a 3 star. BUT. While I like the amateur detective just fine, I could not stand the people in the town she lived in. Somehow the same tropes and stereotypes that are totally fine in Murder She Wrote are completely unacceptable in this book. Part of that I think is due t ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
this had a bunch of Halloween details, including haunted houses and a zombie parade, which is a lot better than many cozy mysteries with a holiday theme. I vaguely remembered the characters, I think I've read one other book from this series. the mystery is about a woman whose body is found near a vandalized haunted house. I would have given this a higher rating, except: 1. the weirdness about witches - witches are just people? and 2. all of the guys following Liv around, and her thoughts about h ...more
This was a comfy book (or should I say cozy?) And I enjoyed it for what it was.

BUT.... It ended so damn abruptly. There's this big reveal, oh no they've caught the killer, plot twist!.... and then it's over? Nothing afterwards? Not even a little "and they all lived happily ever after, well minus the dead person".

Also it felt a bit thin, I don't even see the connection or any foreshadowing.

Overall, enjoyable, but a bit meh. At least the characters were fun! (Livs little group of guys was my favou
Laura Ruetz
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had not read any of this series prior and picked this up as a blind buy because I love good cozy mystery at times, when I just want a fast read. This is a good story and it really was well developed. I liked the characters and of course, the Halloween theme was a plus!

Like most cozy mysteries, it reads fast but the characters are well developed and they work well with the story. No two dimensional, flat characters in this book, which added depth to the story. This was a fun read!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining enough. Getting a little tired of the oblivious-to-the-fact-that-there's-a-romance-about-t0-happen pretense that the main character maintains throughout the series, but the stories keep my interest. ...more
Deborah Almada
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series and I am so sad it is finished. I really enjoy Liv, Celebration Bay and the crazy cast of characters. Another good mystery, I will miss celebrating holidays in Celebration Bay!!!!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good Cozy for the Holiday
Travel multiple paths to find the answers as the town gets ready for the Halloween festivals and strange things keep happening.
Pretty standard cozy entry. If cozies are your thing, it's fine. The interactions of Ted and Whiskey are the most entertaining part. The rather overblown self-importance of Liv the least. ...more
Paige Kuether
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Read for Book Club, fun Halloween mystery
Terri Borkgren
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liv and her 'peeps as she calls Chaz, Ted A.J. and Bill. work together to solve a murder and put on a Halloween Parade of Zombies is fun and another great adventure for Liv. ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: daniele

Trick or Deceit
A Celebration Bay Mystery #4
By Shelley Feydont
Author Website:
Brought to you by OBS Review Daniele


This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center.
Debbie Lester
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelley Freydont continues the Celebration Bay mystery series with her latest book, Trick or Deceit. Halloween is the perfect setting for murder! Readers who are looking for a great cozy for the fall season will love this one. With everything from haunted houses and witches to preachers and town skeletons in the closet, this book has it all. Freydont's trademark quirky characters and the small town setting give this one all the makings for one haunted read...

What I liked:

Halloween was always a f
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Trick or Deceit" is a cozy mystery. You don't need to read the previous novels in the series to understand this one, and this one didn't spoil any previous whodunits.

While this mystery had clues, it was not one where you could puzzle out whodunit based on timing and the physical evidence. There was no evidence/proof of whodunit until whodunit confessed. Knowing how cozy mysteries work, I had a good idea of whodunit and was correct. But I still prefer mysteries that are mental "puzzle" challenge
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series by Shelley Freydont is charming and has such a clever premise. The town of Celebration Bay, New York really enjoys each holiday that comes up all throughout the year. Liv Montgomery, whose job it is to organize all of the various festivities, seems to spend her free time solving murders on the side.

“Trick or Deceit” is set during Halloween and I enjoyed reading about all of the events, such as a haunted house competition, in Celebration Bay. I like Liv, with all of her energy and pl
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Cup of Holiday Fear (A Bakeshop Mystery, #10)
  • Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery, #4)
  • Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3)
  • The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery, #2)
  • Gingerdead Man (A Five-Ingredient Mystery #7)
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much (Paws and Claws Mystery, #6)
  • Of Books and Bagpipes (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #2)
  • The Gift of the Magpie (Meg Lanslow, #28)
  • Sweet Tea Revenge (A Tea Shop Mystery, #14)
  • Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
  • Book, Line and Sinker (Library Lover's Mystery, #3)
  • The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4)
  • Sugar and Vice (A Cookie House Mystery, #2)
  • Death on Tap (Sloan Krause #1)
  • Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17)
  • Fudge Bites (A Candy-coated Mystery #7)
  • The Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town Mystery #1)
  • A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery, #6)
See similar books…
aka Gemma Bruce

Shelley Freyont is the author of the Lindy Haggerty Sudoku mysteries. She attended the University of Utah majoring in philosophy and dance. Shelley Freydont has also toured as a professonal dance with Twyla Tharp Dance and Americal Ballroom theater. She has appeared and choreographed in television, film, and Brodway.

* Lindy Haggerty Mystery
* Kate McDonald Mystery

Other books in the series

Celebration Bay (4 books)
  • Foul Play at the Fair (Celebration Bay, #1)
  • Silent Knife (Celebration Bay, #2)
  • Independence Slay (Celebration Bay, #3)

Related Articles

  Listen up, because our colleagues here at Goodreads have some excellent audiobook recommendations for you! Of course, the books they've...
49 likes · 26 comments