Murder at the Rummage Sale a new novel by Elizabeth Cunningham
Before there were supermalls, before there were hordes stampeding for Black Friday bargains, there was…The Church of the Regeneration’s Annual Fall Rummage Sale!
Best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels, featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen, Elizabeth Cunningham turns her formidable imagination to another historical setting and a time-honored form, the mystery. Descended from generations of Episcopal priests, in Murder at the Rummage Sale, Cunningham serves up a delicious roman a clef.
September 1960. Kennedy and Nixon race for the presidency, and the Women of the Church of the Regeneration prepare as usual for the annual rummage sale under the imperious direction of their leader, the light-fingered Charlotte Crowley….Until she is found in the basement smothered by a bag of coats still wrapped in plastic from the drycleaners.
Though the police initially rule the death an accident, Lucy Way, an older, not-quite-maiden lady with a mystical bent, has her doubts. She donated the coats and saw them to their proper department. How did they end up on top of Charlotte in the basement?
Joining Lucy as amateur detectives:
The Reverend Gerald Bradley, who reluctantly concedes that Charlotte makes a perfect murder victim. Who, among his errant flock, didn’t want to murder Charlotte?
Anne Bradley, the rector’s mousy wife, a closet atheist, who is oddly flattered when she discovers her husband believes her capable of murder.
Katherine Bradley, the minister’s seven year-old-daughter, and her sworn blood-brother Frankie Lomangino Jr., whose ex-con father is an easy target for the official investigation.
Amidst the juggernaut of the rummage sale, surrounded by a host of maddening and endearing parishioners, the self-appointed sleuths pursue the truth at their peril.
Murder at the Rummage Sale presents a vivid depiction of a vanished world. Like all the best mystery novels, it brings to fresh life the timeless quirks and contradictions of human nature, the comic and the poignant, the merciful—and the murderous.