One of the reasons I enjoy writing book reviews is the chance to read authors I might not have otherwise discovered. Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan is one such case. The first book in the Shakespeare in the Castskills mystery series, it is written in the gentle pace of an Agatha Christie novel, which slowly draws the reader in while keeping them guessing until the end.
Growing up, we loved quoting Shakespeare, especially around the dinner table. The song of the witches in Macbeth is one of my favorites. Seriously, Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog. Too much fun. But when March comes around, Shakespeare’s famous line in Julius Caesar is what comes to mind: Beware the Ides of March.