Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, United States
In 1958 Sara Hoskinson Frommer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
In 1961 Sara Hoskinson Frommer obtained a Master of Arts degree from Brown University.
(The Oliver Civic Symphony is just another small-town orch...)
The Oliver Civic Symphony is just another small-town orchestra, a gathering spot for local amateur musicians. It has weekly rehearsals, punch and cookies, and colorful gossip, and now… it has murder. An oboist suddenly drops dead of what turns out to be a rare poison. A flutist’s throat is slashed. Joan Spencer is new in town – but quickly becomes an old hand at digging out clues. And with the help of Oliver policeman Fred Lundquist, she uncovers a daring melody that only a murderous virtuoso could perform.
(Joan Spencer, violist, and manager of the Oliver, Indiana...)
Joan Spencer, violist, and manager of the Oliver, Indiana Civic Symphony, is busy with preparations for the group’s performance at the hugely popular annual quilt show. But when the body of show organizer Mary Sue Ellett is found under a quilt, the competition takes on a sinister tone. Joan suspects Mary Sue’s death had to do with a missing will that the entire Ellett family has been circling like vulture to locate. But looking for cold hard motives among the soft downturns up some surprising stitches – and the handiwork of a devious killer.
(The third in the delightful Joan Spencer mystery series c...)
The third in the delightful Joan Spencer mystery series combines a staging of a Gilbert & Sullivan production with murder in a small town. A tornado sweeps through the town of Oliver, Indiana, catching Joan Spencer and a little girl named Laura Putnam in its wake. Joan saves the little girl’s life and receives a hero’s welcome from the members of the Putnam family, including Judge David Putnam. As both Joan and the town settle down to repairing the damage caused by the tornado, the director of the Civic Symphony convinces Joan to play viola for the local production of Ruddigore. Reluctantly – her house and her neighbor’s are in near shambles – Joan agrees. Joan’s decision means that she is witness to a murder when David Putnam dies onstage during opening night. Together with Lieutenant Fred Lundquist, Joan follows the clues which lead to a fateful confrontation with a man whose mind is set on nothing but revenge.
(Joan Spencer’s daughter, Rebecca, falls for a virtuoso vi...)
Joan Spencer’s daughter, Rebecca, falls for a virtuoso violinist at an international competition in Indianapolis, and Joan is drawn into a swarm of violinists, their host families, and their unspoken rivalries. When a rare Stradivarius is stolen, and the seductive violinist who owned it vanishes, Rebecca’s amiable fiancé is the prime suspect. With her own fiancé, Lt. Fred Lundquist, working a fatal hit-and-run in town, it’s up to Joan to uncover the simmering tensions beneath the players and to string together a theft, a disappearance, and a murder. Admirers of Sara Hoskinson Frommer’s previous Joan Spencer mysteries will love this wonderful tale of ambitious musicians and small-town mayhem and will once again fall in love with Joan’s plucky determination to set things right.
(Things have finally calmed down enough for cozy heroine J...)
Things have finally calmed down enough for cozy heroine Joan Spencer and her new husband, Lt. Fred Lundquist, to take a long-delayed honeymoon to celebrate their three-month-old nuptials. Of course, it won’t be a traditional honeymoon, since they’ll have Joan’s teenage son, Andrew, in tow, and the fact that they are using the trip to finally visit Fred’s family makes it even more unusual. But Joan is happy; she’ll get some time away with her family, and she’ll finally get to see the tiny historic Swedish-American community where Fred grew up, Bishop Hill. Unfortunately for Joan, neither her honeymoon nor her trip works out quite as she’d hoped. Fred’s mother is farther down the road to Alzheimer’s than they had been led to believe. The worst is yet to come when Mrs. Lundquist witnesses a brutal murder but is a little too disoriented to be clear in her description of the killer. Suddenly everyone in the small village is a suspect, and the only person with the key to unlock the mystery is an elderly woman who floats in and out of clarity. Joan will have to get close enough to her mother-in-law to figure out what really happened that night, and to protect her and her extended family from a killer who is bound to strike again.
("I can't play the concert," Sylvia Purcell said. "I have ...)
"I can't play the concert," Sylvia Purcell said. "I have to sit in a tree." Just before their big children’s concert, Joan Spencer, manager of the Civic Symphony in Oliver, Indiana, learns that she will be minus one of her best violinists. Sylvia is protesting a housing construction project that threatens underground streams, caves, trees, and wildlife. Joan's college-student son, Andrew, supports Sylvia's cause and takes her food and water. But the protest turns deadly when Sylvia plunges to her death. It's soon clear that her fall was no accident. Sleuthing for answers, Joan is caught between the hard-nosed developer and local militant activists. Worse, Andrew takes Sylvia's dangerous spot in the tall tree and becomes the police's prime suspect.
(Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer's ...)
Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer's small-town Indiana mysteries, doesn't look for trouble but it keeps finding her. A few days before her daughter's wedding, the last thing Joan needs is something else to worry about - but here it is, ready or not. Her ex-con brother Dave was the family black sheep, but years have passed since they've heard from him. Always the nonconformist, he's arrived way too early. Meanwhile Joan has to keep up with work, in addition to all the planning, even for a simple wedding; the groom's mother disapproves of everyone and everything; and Joan's own mother-in-law, whose mind is failing fast, lands smack in the middle of a murder…
In 1958 Sara Hoskinson Frommer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College. In 1961 she obtained a Master of Arts degree from Brown University.
Sara Hoskinson Frommer taught German as a graduate teaching assistant at Brown University. She has worked with a transportation economist, ethnologists, and foreign exchange students (having been an AFS exchange student to Germany herself). From 1978 to 1989 Frommer was a senior editor at the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington. She served on the board of directors of Mystery Writers of America.
(Joan Spencer’s daughter, Rebecca, falls for a virtuoso vi...)1999
(Joan Spencer, violist, and manager of the Oliver, Indiana...)1994
(The third in the delightful Joan Spencer mystery series c...)1997
(Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer's ...)2013
(The Oliver Civic Symphony is just another small-town orch...)1986
(Things have finally calmed down enough for cozy heroine J...)2002
("I can't play the concert," Sylvia Purcell said. "I have ...)2005
Sara Hoskinson Frommer is a member of the United Church of Christ.
Sara Hoskinson Frommer is a member of Sisters in Crime.
Sara Hoskinson Frommer is an avid quilter as well as violist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.
On June 14, 1958, Sara Hoskinson married Gabriel Paul Frommer. They have a son, Charles Joseph.