Going Behind the Scenes Leads to a Solid Mystery

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The Patron Murders by Edwin Wilson

I was drawn to read The Patron Murders because of my love of New York City and the theatre. Mr. Wilson does a good job at displaying his knowledge about the theatre and the City throughout the book. It is obvious he knows the ins and outs of what it means to work in the industry and that makes The Patron Murders feel authentic.

I was intrigued by the main character, Matt Johanssen, and his history. There are hints throughout the book that Matt has assisted in solving other crimes, but no details are ever shared. I had to check GoodReads several times because I wanted to know more about those mysteries and how Matt solved them.

The only downside to this novel was a periphery murder that takes place during the same time as “the Patron Murders.” Besides Matt playing Sherlock Holmes with both crimes, I failed to see why or how that secondary murder happened. I would have liked more focus on the one or the other. My preference leans towards “the Patron Murders” because they were more salacious. Because Matt had to juggle so many different leads on his own, the solving of all the murders felt rushed.

I would definitely consider reading Matt Jonanssen stories in the future. Mr. Wilson knows how to create authentic characters that a reader can get behind. His obvious extensive knowledge of the theatre lends itself to a fast-paced mystery that is worth investigating further.



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Going Behind the Scenes Leads to a Solid Mystery

The Patron Murders

Author: Edwin Wilson
Published on: September 29, 2015
Pages: 280
Genres: mystery, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


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About Edwin Wilson

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Author, teacher, critic, Edwin Wilson began his career as Assistant to the Producer for the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He produced plays off-Broadway and co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You directed by George Abbott. He also produced the film The Nashville Sound.

Educated at Vanderbilt, Edinburgh, and Yale, he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. From 1972 to 1994 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal. For thirty years he taught at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. During the past four decades he has been the preeminent writer of college theatre textbooks in the U.S. His three books (two coauthored with Alvin Goldfarb) have sold nearly one million copies.

He has served as president of the Theatre Development Fund and the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury. In the early 1990s, he conducted a series of ninety half-hour television interviews with theater artists ranging from George Abbott to Jerry Zaks, which appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and 200 PBS stations around the country.


book review patron murders wilson


book review patron murders wilson



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