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The Nutting Girl

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Middle-aged Frank Raven used to be a lot of things—a blind monk, a cop, a private detective, and a hard drinker. Now he doesn’t do much except run a funky old movie theater in bucolic Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, dance and sing with the local troupe of Morris Dancers, and record bird songs on his phone.
A lanky young wunderkind director, Nick Mooney, brings his Hollywood
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Coffeetown Press
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Laura Thomas
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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What was it about this book that so captivated me? Let’s see… The main character is Frank Raven. Used to be a blind monk, a cop, and a private detective. Now he runs an old movie theater and belongs to a troupe of Morris Dancers. I had to google that to see what it’s all about. Lots of strong movements and twinkling bells on the costumes and a lively chorus. To imagine such a man’s man doing this tickled me and I warmed right up to Frank. There’s much more to this man than meets the eye.

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This is a mystery book that deals with the existential questions of life, what does it mean, or does it mean anything? Who or what is God. Also how celebrity can bring out the worse demons in a person. Not my usual kind of read, but the writing was very good and it definitely sucked me in.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
InD'tale Magazine
Author Frank DeVecca has written an intriguing tale with riveting characters.

Read full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Annie Prather
Aug 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelburne Falls the setting of this delightful novel is truly a magical place.
I planned a recent trip because I had learned that DEXTER NEW BLOOD was filmed there. But Shelburne Falls is so much more than the setting for the fictional town of Iron Lake.
I had discovered Fred on Facebook and had sent him a message about if he would be interested in showing me some DEXTER filming sites.
Little did I know that I would be gifted with this enchanting l novel upon my arrival.
I had planned to read qu
C. J.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you conjure up an individual who is (or was) a blind monk; a cop; a recovering alcoholic; an avid recorder of bird calls; a director of a small-town movie studio; a Morris Men dancer; a quoter of classical literature and 60s rock music lyrics; an armchair metaphysician; and a savvy detective who has a knack for “finding things”? If you’re Fred DeVecca, you get the cornerstone for a rip-roaring page turner of a mystery novel.

In his debut as a mystery novelist, DeVecca treats
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I found the writing style and characters a cross between Richard Brautigan and James Lee Burke making a fantastic balance between honesty, mystery, adventure, drama and love. DeVecca takes on great and challenging topics such as morality, god, and love. Characters were great leaving the reader something to love and something to hate about each of them. There is a fascinating platonic relationship between characters middle-aged Frank Raven and his girlfriend’s teenaged daughter Sarah. ...more
Sharon Healy-Yang
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
DeVecca's novel kept me mentally and emotionally engaged from start to finish, not just with the mystery but with the evolution of his main character and his connections to others. Frank Raven is retired and living in Shelourne Falls in western Mass.: retired from the monastery; from one day as a policeman (after being shot); retired from being a private detective; and, he thinks, from life. However, when a film crew blows into town and he becomes involved with them keeping an eye on what seems ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A movie is coming to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and it will star the most famous actress in the world - 21-year-old Juliana Velvet Norcross. Known as VelCro and also as a problem child, the director hires retired private detective Frank Raven to protect her. They have some deep spiritual discussions, then it is time to begin shooting the movie. Two extra large football players are hired to be bodyguards. While Frank is performing with the Morris Dancer troupe for the movie, he glances back a ...more
Joan Livingston
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frank Raven is not your ordinary private eye. He’s a former blind monk, a cop, detective, and a drinker. And Frank knows who’s who and what’s what in this small New England town, where he runs a movie theater, does Morris Dancing, and records bird songs. He’s also the one telling this story.

But once a detective always a detective. And when an actress goes missing during the filming of a movie in his town, Frank goes to work solving that mystery. (His sidekick is his girlfriend’s daughter.)

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I enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting, and I enjoyed all of the references to local places and business in Shelburne Falls, MA. It was an enjoyable read.
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