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Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown Mystery

(Sydney Riley #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Wedding coordinator Sydney Riley never thought she’d get caught up in a murder investigation, but she became an amateur sleuth when her boss was killed during Bear Week. Now she’s back, this time as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown’s venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair… and murder is once again an uninvited guest!

It’s all hands on deck at the inn as visitors
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Published September 27th 2017 by HomePort Press
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Jessica Robbins
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
Murder at Fantasia Fair is a snappy, entertaining read, and provided me with a few insights into the trans/cross dressing community. I'm not a great mystery solver, so I didn't 'get' it before the ending, which is fine by me. A resident of Provincetown, I found the book true to the place I love. Worth the read.
Colin Kegler
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cherchez la femme? Not this time! You may feel compelled to look further.

Crisp and compact, Jeannette de Beauvoir's, Murder at Fantasia Fair, the second in a set of murder mysteries set in Provincetown, MA, is a palimpsest converging in murder. We revisit this historic, somewhat resort-with-a-twist-of-Bohemian, Cape Cod town at the seaside inn where Sidney Riley works as a wedding planner. Reluctantly, Sidney is challenged to investigate the murder of a transgender guest at the convention and su
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute and quaint to the local town. I found it amusing to read how Sydney bumbled her way through the story and the case. I loved that it's not the typical "perfect detective solves the case" - she's a real person who is learning and makes mistakes. Or, at least, as real as a fictional book character can be. It was cute and entertaining.

It had some interesting notes on what it means to be trans. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to mention politics and how it affects trans peoples' live
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This cozy mystery is a fun, quick read. It is set in Provincetown, MA, which I have been to many times, so that made it more interesting to me. I could picture scenes very well when the writer mentioned where something took place. It also occurs during Fantasia Fair, a week that celebrates the trans community, which is a topic that interests me very much. It dealt with this in a caring and welcoming way and could help someone new to the topic who wants to learn more.

I enjoyed this book very much
Buck Mahoney
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This second in a series is a delightful read. Provincetown hosts various theme weeks throughout the year, and Sidney Riley is often pressed into service as a wedding planner -- and as a sleuth. What I liked most about Sidney was that she knows her way around. She makes for the perfect narrator: nonjudgemental, sarcastic, charmingly insecure, and tenacious. The reader also learns behind-the-scenes facts about what it's like to live in a town where there can be 60,000 people on a summer day and 60 ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did not know what to expect. I got this book because I wanted to participate in a zoom book club (new), but then didn’t make the meeting. I was interested since it is in a series set in Provincetown, and I like such “murder” series. It was a quick and interesting read, with a focus on transgender longings and lives and problems. Will now read book 1 in the series.
Tricia Nilsson
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect weekend page turner

This book was recommended to me and I’m glad I purchased it this morning. It was a quick and fun read. I was born on Cape Cod and I loved her detailed descriptions of P-town.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written exploration of trans life and ptown.
Julie Knapp
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book. I always learn something when Jeannette writes. She has great research. And I always get a bit surprised at the end. Keep writing. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
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Jeannette de Beauvoir is the bestselling author of the Sydney Riley (Provincetown) mystery series and the Martine LeDuc (Montréal) mystery series. She also writes some historical fiction out of a true love of the past and a desire to make her decades of student loan payments for history degrees make sense.

She always writes about strong and smart female protagonists, perhaps in the hope that one da

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