Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok. 
Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th-century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street. 
But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused. 
Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme before the murderer strikes again.
©2015 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2017 Judy Penz Sheluk
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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 17-07-18

Deep, dark, and dangerous.

Toronto based freelance journalist Emily Garland is offered an assignment in a small town called Loundt's Landing, editing and revamping in local, failing monthly publication. The town had been in decline but there was a scheme that might help kick start it's recovery. Or not. Because the real reason Emily was being sent there by her boss was to investigate a certain charismatic developer and, if possible, expose him for the 'lieing, cheating bastard we both know he is."

After a somewhat conventional beginning, this enjoyable murder mystery introduces us to a cast of colourful characters, disturbing deaths, silent secrets and a fresh take on fakes and reproductions. Northern most believable of stories but great fun and well written (although the ending felt rather rushed). Suzanne T. Fortin, the narrator, did an excellent job, her pleasant, clearly enunciated voice well intoned, her reading well paced and delivered with understanding and gentle emotion. Not a great differentiation between characters voices, but the speaker was always obvious.

The Hanged Man's Noose is a pleasant mystery, fun to read and to try to guess at the answers. My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. This could turn out to be an enjoyable series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 10-01-18

Cozy mystery

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I loved skeleton in the attic, so when I saw this I thought I had to get my hands on it. I found that it is not as good as the book I mentioned however, I was still hooked and wanted to find out who did it. I must admit that I got it wrong, so the author suprised me there and the narrator did a great job.

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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 09-06-18

A nice easy read.

This is a easy relaxing Mystery that you can enjoy anywhere you happen to be.It is a well constructed story with believable
characters.With a great Narrator you can be entertained and taken into this world and be satisfied that your time was spent well.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 16-06-18

An especially great book!

In <strong>Hanged Man's Noose</strong> by Judy Penz Sheluk, Emily Garland has spent several years working as a freelance journalist focusing on real estate issues when she gets a special job offer from Michelle Ellis, her boss. She ends up leaving her home of Toronto to a small town 90 minutes northeast of Toronto named Lount's Landing and taking on editorship of the local paper, <em>Inside the Landing</em>. However, her real assignment is to secretly investigate developer Garrett Stonehaven, whom Emily secretly hates for what she is certain is unproven corruption. Now, in Lount's Landing, Stonehaven seems to be up to no good for another time. He has bought the old elementary school and plans to turn it into a big box store, but is he up to something else?

Then, Emily goes to the Sunrise Cafe for breakfast, and Carter Dixon, one of Stonehaven's biggest opponents in development, dies of a peanut allergy that everyone in Lount's Landing knows about. It doesn't take long before Emily discovers another body, and though both deaths are treated as accidental, Emily's suspicions grow. Emily soon makes friends with Arabella Carpenter, a woman about to open her own antique shop, The Glass Dolphin. Together, the two women join forces to fight the development and solve the mysterious deaths.

From the moment I pushed play on <strong>Hanged Man's Noose</strong>, I was drawn to it and pulled right in. The book posed plenty of excitement without being too intense. It makes financial issues actually interesting, even giving a clear explanation of the difference between a Ponzi Scheme and a pyramid scheme, making them both understandable even to a non- business mind. The book has creative discussions of the antiques in Arabella's shop, adding to the greater interest of the book.

In addition to the little details in finances and antiques, the plot was fascinating and dramatic. The many twists and turns taken by the book drew my focus and held onto my attention until the book concluded with an exciting confrontation with a murderer. The setting to the plot served even further to make the book clever.

In addition, the characters in this book seem real and round, and the book is filled with strong women, good and bad. . Emily is a tenacious researcher who never lets go and keeps plugging away as she uncovers fact after fact, in unexpected twists. Arabella serves as an excellent partner for Emily, somewhat suspicious but also a strong woman who fights for what she believes to be right. I appreciate her view on life that people mirror what pose as antiques: the real thing, replicas, pieces with added details to make them more valuable, and deliberate forgeries. However, she also makes the statement that all people are capable of true change if they really choose. These are just two of the many strong women in the book.

Suzanne T. Fortin performs the audio edition of this book, doing justice to the well-written book in helping to bring it to life. She uses strong, creative expressions in her performance as well as clever voices for each character. I really enjoyed the way Fortin made this book all the more effective than it already was.

I greatly enjoyed listening to <strong>The Hanged Man's Noose</strong>, which is named after the pub owned by Arabella's best friend, another strong woman. I liked the message of female empowerment and the very creative plot. Instead of one obvious murder, we are left wondering about a series of accidents. That proved to be a refreshing change from the usual. I look forward to the next book's in the series being produced on audio, though it will have a high bar to reach to match this one. I give the book five very bright stars!

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book through Audiobook BOOM, but that had no effect on the content of my review.

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