Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Murder at Madison Square Garden by Linda Shenton Matchett: Review & Giveaway!


About the Book

Book:  Murder at Madison Square Garden

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release date: July 15, 2020

The dream of a lifetime becomes a nightmare.

Photojournalist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer’s career has hit the skids thanks to rumors of plagiarism. With any luck, a photo spread with Charles Lindbergh at the America First Rally will salvage her reputation. After an attempted assassination of Lindbergh leaves another man dead, Teddy is left holding the gun. Literally. Can she prove her innocence before the police lock her up for a murder she didn’t commit?

Private Investigator Ric Bogart wants nothing to do with women after his wife cleaned out their bank account and left him for another man, but he can’t ignore the feeling he’s supposed to help the scrappy, female reporter who is arrested for murder at the America First rally. Can he believe her claims of innocence and find the real killer without letting Teddy steal his heart?
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About the Author

Bestselling author of over twenty books, Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is currently working with the curator to create her first exhibit, Shaped by Conflict that will be on display from May 1 to June 15, 2021. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historical places all her life and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear readers:

I grew up in New Jersey and often went into New York City for school field trips and family visits. One of my favorite places to go was Madison Square Garden. I have lots of happy memories, so I wondered if I could possibly set a book there. I spent a lovely afternoon digging into the building’s past and learning about the important, historic events that took place there. When I discovered that aviator Charles Lindbergh spoke at the Garden about the controversial topic of U.S. isolationism prior to America’s entry into WWII, I knew I had the beginning of a story.

My protagonist came about during one of my shifts as a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII. While talking to one of our guests about our wartime print and broadcast journalism display, the conversation turned to the role that women played. Therese Bonney was a one of the photojournalists highlighted in the exhibit. As I studied her picture, I was struck by her determination in the set of her jaw and look in her eyes. My protagonist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer was born.

I enjoyed my trip down Memory Lane at the Garden during my research and had fun subjecting Teddy to uncomfortable situations as she tried to prove her innocence. But most of all, I hope her story honors the men and women who served in countless ways during this difficult time in history.

Enjoy Murder at Madison Square Garden.


My Thoughts

Murder at Madison Square Garden by Linda Shenton Matchett has Teddy Schafer, a photojournalist, taking pictures of Charles Lindbergh at an America First Rally.  She notices a man with a gun hidden in the tress and tries to stop him.  Teddy ends up with the gun in her hand when the police arrive on the scene while the shooter disappears.  Teddy is accused of murder and the situation looks bleak.  Private Investigator Richard “Ric” Bogart finds himself helping Teddy after being nudged by God.  They need to follow a trail of breadcrumbs if they are to clear Teddy or come up with a brainchild.  If they cannot crack the case, Teddy will take a powder in a black and white.  This is the first novel that I have read by Linda Shenton Matchett.  I thought the author captured the time-period.  I enjoyed the references to songs and movies from the era along with the clothing.  The lingo a private eye would have used was missing though along with slang.  The mystery was interesting with several good suspects.  I liked the action that kept the story lively.  The chemistry between Ric and Teddy was palpable.  I enjoyed their witty repartee.  The ending of Murder at Madison Square Garden will leave you smiling.  Murder at Madison Square Garden is hot diggity dog with a cute cookie, a dreamboat detective, a glitterati aviator, a killer diller cop, and one dead drip.  


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Visa Gift Card.  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter. Good Luck!  

Murder at Madison Square Garden is available from Amazon*.  You can find Linda Shenton Matchett's other novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.  I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Samuel's Return by Susan Lantz Simpson.  It is the 6th book in The Amish of Southern Maryland.  I hope that all of you have an inspiring day.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an extra entry.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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For Him and My Family, June 20

Blossoms and Blessings, June 20

Betti Mace, June 21

deb’s Book Review, June 22

Blogging With Carol, June 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 23

Connie’s History Classroom, June 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 25 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 25

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 26

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28

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  1. Thank you for being part of my blog tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I love the photos you used for the post!

  2. Sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Rita! I'm glad the story premise intrigues you! Thanks for following the tour.