Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paradise City-Archie Mayor

Paradise City

Archie Mayor

Minotaur, Oct 2 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780312681951

In Beacon Hill, three thieves break into the house of octogenarian Wilhelmina “Billie” Hawthorn. Billie interrupts their burglary, so they eliminate her. Boston Police Detective Jimmy McAuliffe leads the investigation in which the murderers steal silverware while leaving behind easy to snatch valuables. The victim’s twentyish granddaughter Mina Carson demands in on the official inquiry. Clues lead to Northampton, Massachusetts.

Vermont Bureau of Investigation Chief Joe Gunther and his team investigate arson and a theft at affluent Tucker Peak ski resort. Clues lead to Northampton. Gunther and his subordinate Willy Kunkle join the Massachusetts police team (and one angry feisty civilian) as they hunt for a fence and those working for this dealer of stolen property.

The latest Joe Gunther police procedural (see Tag Man) is a fabulous whodunit as the VBI chief and his top gun team up with their Massachusetts counterparts and Mina who refuses to be denied entry onto the task force. The storyline is fast-paced with Neanderthal Kunkle bringing humor to the exciting whodunit. Readers will enjoy fast-paced Paradise City.

Harriet Klausner

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