Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review & A Gift - A Grand Murder

STORYLINE:  A well-connected businessman is murdered on his doorstep and the police investigation reveals that the victim has more enemies than one person should have in a lifetime. Someone murders the dead man’s business partner, and the police have little to go on in a case where the command chief demands that everything be wrapped up within two days.

PLAYERS: Catherine O’Brien is a smart, but abrasive cop, who has little patience and a huge caffeine habit. She has a softer side that’s reserved for her husband, Gavin, and lots of internal conflict over her job and how it’s eating away at her marriage.

Louise Montgomery is the opposite of her partner. Where Catherine is disheveled, rude and forceful, Louise is smooth, urbane and polite. She also knows how to get her own back for Catherine’s digs.

I LIKED: how the author makes the relationship between these two women—who are polar opposites—work. They provide a good foil for each other, although at times Catherine prods Louise to the point of throttling her, just because. Catherine has a streak of mischief that makes her push people—including the forensic guy—to their limit.

I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT: a couple of not-so-smart things the killer did. I don’t want to add any spoilers here, but I had to wonder about the brain power of someone who lugs incriminating evidence around with them.

 OVERALL COMMENTS: A Grand Murder is a fast, light read, which takes the reader through a list of connected suspects whose motives are not always clear. The exchanges between the characters, along with a few mishaps, kept me amused and entertained. This isn’t easy to pull off when you’re dealing with not one, but two murders. The writer has another book in the series and I’m sure Louise will have her hands full trying not to do Catherine some physical harm.

COVER NOTE: I’m not crazy about graphic covers, however, the items depicted on the cover speaks to the contents of the book.

Stacy Verdick Case
 About Stacy:
Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter. Her Catherine O'Brien mystery, A Grand Murder, is available from Before the Fall Books. Her second Catherine O'Brien mystery Murder is a Family Affair, will be released shortly. Stacy is hard at work on her third book in the series.
Connect with Stacy:
 Stacy has been gracious enough to give away an e-copy of A Grand Murder. The drawing will be done this Friday, March 30, 2012. The giveaway is open internationally. Simply leave a comment and you'll be entered.You can gain extra entries for yourself by tweeting this post (leave the link). 


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