A Stone’s Throw by James W. Ziskin

A Stone’s Throw by James W. Ziskin

02043DC6-5C3E-409F-B06B-882DFBA551C3Thank you to Prometheus books for the free copy of A Stone’s Throw in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own .

Synopsis from Amazon:

August 1962. A suspicious fire claims a tumbledown foaling barn on the grounds of the once-proud Tempesta Stud Farm, halfway between New Holland and Saratoga Springs, NY. The blaze, one of several in recent years at the abandoned farm, barely prompts a shrug from the local sheriff. That is until “girl reporter” Ellie Stone, first on the scene, uncovers a singed length of racing silk in the rubble of the barn. And it’s wrapped around the neck of one of two charred bodies buried in the ashes. A bullet between the eyes of one of the victims confirms it’s murder, and the police suspect gamblers. Ellie digs deeper.

The double murder, committed on a ghostly stud farm in the dead of night, leads Ellie down a haunted path, just a stone’s throw from the glamour of Saratoga Springs, to a place where dangerous men don’t like to lose. Unraveling secrets from the past–crushing failure and heartless betrayal–she’s learning that arson can be cold revenge.

My Review:

A Stone’s Throw is another highly enjoyable installment in the Ellie stone mystery series!  Ellie is becoming one of my favorite literary characters and this is becoming one of my favorite mystery series.  Ellie continues to instill quips of sarcasm into all of her conversations and is able to do her job better than her male counterparts.

I love the 1960’s setting of these novels, they give off strong Mad Men vibes. A Stone’s Throw adds the horse track and racing as an added bonus to the alrea.  On top of all the humor, sarcasm, and well-developed setting, each novel in this series has a very well done, detailed, clever, and intricate mystery.  In my own opinion, these novels have it all. If you haven’t read one yet, pleae do you won’t be disappointed. I gave this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


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