Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Frame Shop: Critiquing Another Writer Can Be Murder by Donald J. Bingle is a fascinating murder mystery. Harold Ackerman thinks he is a great writer, his latest Cat mystery is the best thing he has ever written but convincing the members of the Pleasant Meadows Writers Guild and Critiquing Society is not easy to do. The PMWGCS has an eclectic group of members and another is about to join them. Gantry Ellis, the writer of the Danger McAdams series, has the group falling at his feet and Harold wants more than his fair share of attention. Agreeing to help Ellis by meeting an informant for crime research work, Harold finds himself embroiled in more than one murder. Some things are never quite what they seem to be and Harold may just have gotten himself in too deep to get out.
Frame Shop: Critiquing Another Writer Can Be Murder by Donald J Bingle was a great story. It has everything you could possibly want – murder, mayhem, quirky characters, humor and more, not to mention a unique plot set in a critiquing and writers group. It offers no small amount of writing advice that you can take to heart or ignore at your will and it will make you laugh out loud. If you have ever attended writing or critiquing classes or groups, you will find some of this very familiar indeed. The characters – what an eclectic group they are! You might find yourself rooting for some of them to start with but, as you turn the pages, you might just lose some of your empathy! This is a real page-turner, witty, full of action, twists, turns and violent prose. And it has a neat twist at the end – what more could you want? This is dark humor at its best, very easy to sink into and you won't want to put it down.