Played to Death: Scott Drayco Mystery #1

· Scott Drayco Mystery Series Book 1 · BV Lawson
498 reviews

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A Shamus Award Finalist and Named Best Mystery in the Next Generation Book Awards


A body in a rundown Opera House. A missing manuscript. A dark family secret. 


Still suffering nightmares from a case that ended tragically, brilliant freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. When a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town, he figures he'll arrange for a quick sale of the place while nursing his battered soul in a peaceful setting near the shore.


What he doesn't count on is finding a dead body on the Opera House stage with a mysterious "G" carved into the man's chest. With hopes for a quick sale dashed and himself a suspect in the murder, Drayco digs into very old and very dangerous secrets to solve the crime and clear his name. Along the way, Drayco must dodge a wary sheriff, hostility over coastal development, and the seductive wife of a town councilman - before the tensions explode into more violence and he becomes the next victim.


Praise for BV Lawson's Scott Drayco Mystery/Thriller Series:


"Worth putting on your reading list." - The Library Journal


"Lawson's protagonist is greatly compelling." - Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize


"Lawson uses the gothic features of the abandoned Opera House to great effect, creating an atmospheric background for the crimes and the solving of them, all of it accompanied with music that's almost like another character. The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long and Short Reviews


"Lawson's book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end...The citizens of Cape Unity are as diverse and multi-layered as any person living in the large cities, and Lawson portrayed them splendidly." - Reader's Favorite Reviews


"The storyline here is nicely structured, and creatively ties together two murder mysteries, which occurred decades apart. The small town setting is ideal, the lead character engaging, and the supporting cast interesting and diverse. Overall, a solid start to this series." - Omnimystery News


"A nice tight mystery in a realistic setting. Totally enjoyable." - Terrie Farley Moran, national bestselling author of the Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series


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498 reviews
Bill Randall
December 24, 2015
While I expected a simple plot told through weak writing and even weaker editing, this book surprised me. The plot won't baffle those with hundreds of books in this genre under their belts, but it held my interest. The above-average editing let me read for long stretches without the interruption of typos and other missteps. Overall, well worth the time.
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K Lee
June 29, 2017
Quite a few omitted words here and there, but otherwise it was a decent read. Plot was somewhat slow and drab, but I liked that the characters weren't annoying/constantly doing stupid things.
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Stephen Quigley
January 25, 2018
The writing style feels forced. As if every paragraph needs some clever wordplay or allusion to something. This leaves the book choppy and lacking flow. Constant use of highbrow references and verbiage makes the book seem pretentious. All in all, reads like a bad 2000's rap song.
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About the author

Author and journalist BV Lawson's award-winning stories, poems and articles have appeared in dozens of national and regional publications and anthologies. A four-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short fiction, BV was also honored by the American Independent Writers and Maryland Writers Association for her Scott Drayco series, with the debut novel, Played to Death, a Shamus Award Finalist and named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Book Awards. BV currently lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna. 

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