Murder Came Second

by Jessica Thomas

Broadway’s bad-boy genius, Paul Carlucci, has chosen Hamlet for his latest production. To the delight of some and despair of others, he has selected Provincetown’s amphitheatre for his opening gala.

The cast are holed up in various B&B’s around town. Staying next door to Alex Peres is Terese Segal, an “embedded journalist” busy digging up dirt on the players. When Terese is killed, no one is especially surprised or grief stricken. But the play must go on—and does. In true Shakespearean tradition, the stage will be strewn with bodies of the guilty, and the moment of vengeance begins.

But suddenly Alex realizes that the wrong people are falling down. And the moaning is all too realistic. Someone must not be shooting blanks…

Alex Peres Mystery Series Book 4.



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Genre Mystery
Length 246
Publication Date March 15, 2007
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594930812
Editor Cindy Cresap
Cover Designer KIARO Creative LTD


  • The fourth in the Alex Peres series, but these books can be read out of order with only minor spoilers.
  • Four out of six Alex Peres mysteries have been finalists for or won nationally recognized awards.
  • No contest - Fargo is our favorite mystery dog.
  • A true cozy - long on characters and puzzles, low on gore
  • Jessica Thomas has a unique style of wit and wordsmithing that makes her books a joy to read. She published her first book in her 70s.


Just About Write

Anna Furtado - October, 2007: A devotee of Alex Peres mysteries can always depend on Jessica Thomas to be entertaining with just the right mix of bafflement and humor thrown in for good measure. Murder Came Second is the fourth in her Alex Peres stories and the familiar characters of Alex and Fargo, along with Alex's Provincetown police detective brother, Sonny, her mother and her Aunt Mae, her very grounded lover, Cindy, and the town's most memorable personality, Harmond, are like old friends... Except for Alex's developing relationship with her lover, Cindy, the stories are pretty self-contained and can be read in any order. The Peres mysteries are written in a pleasant, entertaining style, indicative of Alex's easy-going personality. They are also peppered with plenty of smiles between the pandemonium.

Lambda Book Report

Cecilia Martin - March, 2007: Bella Books presents Murder Came Second, another enjoyable and light-hearted Alex Peres mystery from Jessica Thomas. Sharp dialogue and an engaging and sarcastic sleuth make this a wonderful read. Alex Peres is enjoying the tranquility of summer with her partner, Cindy, and their cute dog Fargo, when an acting troupe invades Provincetown to present a musical version of Hamlet.

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