Homeport Press is pleased to announce the publication of author Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Death of a Bear: A Provincetown Mystery, the first in a series of “cozy mysteries with a twist” set during Provincetown’s famous theme weeks.

Protagonist Sydney Riley is a wedding coordinator at one of Provincetown’s iconic inns. She never planned to be a sleuth, but her friend’s murder in Death of a Bear plunges her into the thick of things. Who knew that festivals could be so—deadly?

“Sydney Riley is the consummate theme week guide—smart, sassy, compassionate, and nonjudgmental,” says HomePort Press publisher, Arthur Mahoney. “She’s funny, self-aware, and, like most hard-working residents who cope with tens of thousands of tourists, she knows everyone in town. There’s one thing that sets her apart: much like Miss Marple, wherever Sydney goes, murder is sure to follow.”

Death of a Bear comes out June 6th, just in time to celebrate Bear Week in early July. Murder at Fantasia Fair will follow in October. We plan to release three of Jeannette’s novels a year in a series that will include events such as Carnival, Women’s Week, New England Leather Weekend, the Portuguese Festival, and even the Provincetown International Film Festival.

“The theme weeks are such fun, but if you’re someone like me who’s always looking at what lurks behind people’s façades, they’re a great opportunity for a murder or two,” says Jeannette de Beauvoir. “More importantly, it’s also an opportunity to expose some of the prejudices that people have about various subcultures and show what we all have in common as well as what makes us different from each other.”

Death of a Bear is available in mass-market paperback and ebook formats, both online and from local independent booksellers.

Don’t miss out on this exciting mystery series