If you are a murder mystery fan who enjoys familiar settings, Moscow native RJ McDonnell brings the action home in “The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death.”

The fourth installment in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series opens with a murder on the Elmhurst Boulevard.

The victim was a 59-year-old musician whose band, "The Luna Parkers," was about to play a reunion concert at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Of the victim's surviving bandmates, one lives in Moscow, another in Covington Twp., and the uncle of series detective Jason Duffy, lives in Roaring Brook Twp.

One of the most suspenseful scenes in the book takes place on Van Brunt Street in Moscow. Jason and his uncle dive over a snow bank and roll into the creek that parallels Van Brunt near Grove Street, when they come under attack.

"I spent many hours as a child playing in that exact spot," said McDonnell, who grew up on Orchard Street.

A few scenes take place at a fictional cocktail lounge in Moscow called The Bar Chord. McDonnell was careful to distinguish the fictional bar from Doc's Hard Rock Café, especially when developing the bar owner's character.

Doc's owner Jim Kenosky's father saved McDonnell's life at the Moscow Sportsman's Association when he was a child.

Mr. Kenosky was bartending at a clambake when he spotted a car that had lost its brakes, barreling down a nearby hill toward the party.

McDonnell, facing the opposite direction of the oncoming car, saw Kenosky jump over the bar, sprint toward him, grab his arm, and pull them both out of the way a second before the car crushed the lawn chair he had been sitting in.

"When I developed Paulie, the Bar Chord owner's character, I gave him a unique personality and physical attributes that are very different from Jim's."

The last scene in the climax takes place at a house in Scranton's Green Ridge section. But the Victorian house in the scene was actually located next to St. Catherine's Church until the construction of the new church necessitated moving it to Madisonville.

"The home belonged to my grandparents, and later to my aunt Marie Lumsden and her husband, Innes. I used my vague recollection of the home prior to the Lumsden's remodel to create a door that doesn't exist, but easily could."

McDonnell used some real businesses and landmarks when no action that could reflect negatively occurred in the scenes. Such eateries as Chick's Diner, Cooper's, The Northern Express Coffee House, the Glider Diner and Patsel's are mentioned.

In the final chapter, all of the major characters meet at The Barrel on Rt. 307 to tie up loose ends. Jason's uncle is described as a regular and treated like a family member hosting a party.

The first three books in McDonnell's series ranked in the Top 5 on Amazon Kindle's Top 100 Hard-Boiled Mysteries List. The second in the series, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, won a 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year Award.

McDonnell will be signing copies of his novels at the North Pocono Farmer's & Artisan's Market, located in the parking lot of Moscow's Penn Security Bank on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.