The Matinée Murders

Provincetown Film Festival is Backdrop for Latest Mystery

The Matinée Murders to Début June 1

 Sixth Book in Provincetown Mystery Series Showcases Film Festival

 Provincetown, MA, May 26, 2020: HomePort Press is delighted to announce the release of bestselling author Jeannette de Beauvoir’s latest novel, The Matinée Murders. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Provincetown International Film Festival, this cozy mystery captures the energy and vitality of one of the town’s most celebrated events.

Wedding planner and local sleuth Sydney Riley has scored a festival coup: her inn is hosting the wedding of the year between movie star Brett Falcone and screenwriter Justin Braden. But when Sydney opens a forbidden door in the mysterious Whaler’s Wharf, she discovers the body of a producer and a legion of unanswered questions.

The Provincetown mystery series highlights Provincetown’s festivals and theme weeks, and The Matinée Murders was in the pipeline well before the pandemic forced the cancellation of most summer events. “It’s ironic, of course,” says de Beauvoir. “Here I have a murder happening, but at a festival that isn’t happening! It’s a little like the tree falling in the forest question—if you kill someone during a festival that doesn’t take place, are they still dead?”

HomePort Press publisher Arthur Mahoney is confident the book will help sustain the spirit of the festival. “People come from all over the world for the film festival’s superb programs and celebrity appearances,” he points out. “And we’d planned a launch while they were here. Though that won’t happen, I’m hopeful the Provincetown mystery series may help to fill the void for those who usually many of the theme weeks. Jeannette’s stories deliver an intriguing mystery from a local perspective, and her readers often tell us they conjure fond memories. Under these difficult circumstances, reading may well be the next best thing to being here, which is why we decided to release the book on schedule.”

Most of what typically celebrates a book’s release—launch parties, personal appearances, book readings, and signings—is personal and high-touch. “It’s challenging to do lots of things these days, and releasing a new book is no exception,” de Beauvoir explains. “For now, everything is virtual. I’m doing a blog tour, visiting mystery groups and book clubs, filming videos, writing articles, and fielding Q&As. Still, nothing compares to meeting readers in person, which is what I love most about my job. You can be sure we’ll be having an in-person launch for this book as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

The Matinée Murders is available at independent bookstores and on the web at your favorite provider.

About Jeannette de Beauvoir: Jeannette de Beauvoir is an award-winning novelist whose work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. She’s the author of mystery novels and historical/literary fiction. More at

About Homeport Press: Homeport Press is a growing collaborative that promotes and publishes the work of Provincetown authors. More at

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