About the Book
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?
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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
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.
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.
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