Ice Skating Competition Becomes the Unlikely Stage for a Murder Mystery

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New book, “Judge Me Nottingham,” combines the beauty of ice skating with mysterious consequences

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“Judge Me Nottingham: A Nice Skates Ice Skating Mystery” (published by iUniverse) is an intriguing figure skating murder mystery set in a fictitious town (Portugal, CA) near Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon Bay is about 25 miles southwest of San Francisco, CA, as the crow flies. The story was written by author Joan Bartlett, who passed away in 2006, and is now published by her husband, Dr. Ernest M. Miholits.

"Nice Skates," an ice arena on the very edge of the Pacific Ocean in Portugal, CA, was holding the Pacific Coast Championships in December, 1994, a qualifying competition for the 1995 Ice Skating Nationals. Many great skaters were in attendance, as well as some very important judges – Judge Melissa Elizabeth Nottingham from Portugal, California being one of them.

Just minutes before the start of the final round of judging for the Senior Ladies competition however, Judge Nottingham is found dead in the pros' room, sitting by the fireplace in a Queen Anne chair.

An excerpt from “Judge Me Nottingham”:

“I wiped my hand off on my good white wool slacks, thereby consigning them to the ‘wear-to-clean-the garage’ pile, and hurried out the door. Moving over to the back of the ice surface, I found Trent, my son the orthopedist-in-training. He was here in his official capacity as the emergency doctor.

‘Trent, go to the pros’ room. I think Melissa Elizabeth is dead. Here’s the keys. Now!’”

About the Author
Joan Bartlett has been a high-test ice dancer, an ice skating judge, an ice skating coach and has produced, directed and choreographed many amateur ice skating shows. This knowledge and experience ensures that the book's ice/figure skating discussions are accurate in this intriguing malice domestic (cozy) murder mystery. This also adds a sense of realism to the story that is certain to create an extra layer of credibility in the minds of the readers and it is sure to be entertaining to devotees of figure skating. And, as a volunteer member of Foster City’s Police Department, she learned an immense amount of police procedures. For an in-depth view of the author and her books, please visit her websites at: and

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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