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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Ramsay Narrator: R. C. Bray Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781470819590
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Frank Smith, famed writer of murder mysteries, boards a Southwest Airlines flight at Phoenix heading to Baltimore to attend his fiftieth class reunion at Scott Academy. Behind him he leaves the highly mysterious disappearance of his wife four years before, as well as the relentless quest of Officer Ledezma, who suspects that Smith killed his wife and buried the body. Another mystery awaits Frank at Scott Academy—a mystery from twenty-five years ago, when a group of young boys walked from the campus into the woods and disappeared. What could have happened to them? Who better than he to probe the mystery? When he does so, he relives not only his own boyhood when his father was the upright head of the academy’s English department but also that of the classmates of the missing boys, some of whom have returned to Scott Academy for their twenty-fifth reunion.

In a story warm yet suspenseful, amidst a floodtide of emotions and rich characterizations, Frederick Ramsay explores the role of impulse on many levels.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In his third published novel and first standalone, Frederick Ramsay proves himself to be an author worth watching.”

    Crimespree Magazine

  • “Superb, perfectly paced…Seldom in crime fiction does one meet lead characters as likable as Smith and his long-lost friend / new love interest, Rosemary Mitchell. Both are ‘pushing seventy’ but try to solve the various mysteries with the style, audacity, and intelligence of a Sun City version of Nick and Nora Charles. Their senior viewpoint with commentary on various generations—‘greatest,’ boomers, xers—makes for a perspective that’s at once tart, worldly, and compassionate and that nicely balances the genuine evil in the air.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Partly to escape scrutiny by police, who suspect him of murdering his...wife, mystery writer Frank Smith decides to attend the fiftieth reunion of Scott Academy…At a cocktail party, he’s challenged to solve a real-life mystery that occurred at the school..Unable to solve his wife’s disappearance, he throws himself into this new crime…Wrapped in a mystery-frame story, this is a touching reflection on the changes that come with growing older in a society prejudiced against the elderly.”


  • APublishers Weekly Top 100 Bookof 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 10/19/2013

    " Real nice to read a good mystery without foul language. A pleasure to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L J | 6/11/2013

    " Way too much time spent telling the reader what a bummer it is to get old. The story held promise but the book never delivered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 3/9/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the audio book! "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Ramsay

Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois. After a stint in the army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest and an accomplished public speaker. In addition to the Ike Schwartz mysteries, the Botswana mysteries, and the Jerusalem mysteries, Ramsay is the author of scientific and general articles, tracts, and theses and coauthor of the Baltimore Declaration. He lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife and partner, Susan.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.