Five Things I Didn’t Know About Emily from The Twinning Murders by Shelly Frome

Among the many things I discovered about Emily as the action of The Twinning Murders unfolded are these five:

1. As a rambler and tour guide she has an innate ability to be an effective sleuth should the occasion arise.

2. However, she would never set out to put things to rights unless some great wrong had been done, especially one that affected her personally while officers of the law kept dragging their heels.

3. Though more or less self-possessed and independent, while away across the pond leading her tour she relied on a cool laconic drifter/handyman she hardly knew to investigate the causes surrounding a beloved father figure’s demise.

4. Considering the fact that she’d lived in her quaint New England village all her life, she never understood its politics, let alone the games invasive developers play.

5. By the same token, given her experiences as a striker on her college soccer team, she had to learn the hard way that when something dicey was at stake, no one on both sides of the Atlantic played by the rules.


Shelly Frome is a Professor Emeritus of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. A former professional actor and theater director, his writing credits include a number of national and international articles on acting and theater, profiles of artists and notable figures in the arts, books on theater and film and mystery novels.

His books include The Art and Craft of  Screenwriting, Tinseltown Riff, Lilac Moon, The Actors Studio, Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Playwriting:  A Complete Guide to Creating Theater and his most recent, The Twinning Murders.


The Twinning Murders is a modern day classic mystery centering on the ventures of Emily Ryder, a thirty-something rambler and tour guide.

The story opens just before she embarks on this year’s Twinning ritual exchange. It’s between her historic New England home and its sister village deep in Dartmoor, a wild upland area in the west of the county of Devon, England. Emily becomes personally involved in a suspicious death..

A few days later, at the Twinning itself, her main client meets the same fate. As Emily’s world continues to unravel, and though she has little help, she finds herself compelled to piece together the games being played on both sides of the Atlantic.


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