Monday, February 17, 2014

The Boys of Sabbath Street by Shelly Reuben, Plus a Giveaway

Note: The winner of this giveaway is Ellie L. Congratulations to Ellie and thanks to everyone who entered.

Those times when you need an escape to a place of quirkiness and delight, look no further than the town of Calendar and THE BOYS OF SABBATH STREET by Shelly Reuben.

THE BOYS OF SABBATH STREET - Final Book CoverMagician Artemus Ackerman returns to this hometown of Calendar to settle some family matters and ends up mayor. He soon calls on his former magical assistant Margaret ‘Maggie’ Wakeling to become his publicist and right-hand-man (woman).

Artemus has his heart set on creating a museum of magic in the old Baldwin Theater on Sabbath Street. When buildings on Sabbath Street start burning, Artemus sends Maggie to the fire department to find out what’s happening. Her inquiry leads her to investigate further and to discover her attraction to Fire Marshal George Copeland.

Meanwhile, Artemus is afraid the wealthy widow Claudette Goodwin won’t donate the Baldwin to the town allowing his museum to become a reality. Adding to his problems is his growing attraction to the wealthy widow.

As the story unfolds, readers are taken on a cheerful frolic through a town of eccentric residents and zany antics. It’s a well-developed story of mystery, romance and humor told through the character of jovial and energetic Maggie.

Author Shelly Reuben has created likable and unconventional characters that will hold you spellbound. Her extensive background and eye for detail shines through in the thorough descriptions surrounding the fire investigations. The authentic elements of the story adds depth to the charming fictional town of Calendar and its enchanting residents.

Reuben captures whimsy and blends it with a good dose of delight in THE BOYS OF SABBATH STREET. You will be smiling within the first few paragraphs and won’t be able to stop until the last page. Merriment and an intriguing adventure awaits within the pages of this mesmerizing story. Quirky characters, bubbly dialogue, and a titillating saga will hold you captive for a pleasurable read. 

The Boys of Sabbath Street by Shelly Reuben, Bernard Street Books, @2014, ISBN: 978-0988418127, Paperback, 270 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


Author Shelly Reuben is graciously giving away one print copy of her delightful book to a lucky visitor to Thoughts in Progress. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only.

To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments. Please be sure to include your email address with your comment, if it's not included in your profile.

Here's the question: Why is it so difficult to solve the crime of arson?
If you wish not to be entered in the contest, just say ‘Not entering’ and then comment all you’d like. I don’t want to discourage someone from commenting just because they don’t want to enter the contest.

The deadline for entering the contest will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The winner will be selected by Random.Org and I will notify the winner by email with the subject line ‘Thoughts in Progress Boys of Sabbath Street.’ The winner will have 72 hours to respond to the email with their mailing information. If there isn’t a response in 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope the weather is treating you well this week.


  1. Arson leaves no traces of DNA nor evidence due to the destruction by fire. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Because fire is so damaging and permanent what can show up afterwards? elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. Unless there is obvious evidence, I think it would be very hard to determine arson.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com


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