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Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Intimate Murder: Book Review

An Intimate Murder
by Stacy Verdick Case
A Catherine O'Brien Mystery.

When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murdered in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn't the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?

The world as a whole is a strange place, and the people who inhabit this world are even stranger. The Luther’s neighbors proved to be the strangest I’d encountered in ten years of law enforcement. Considering the whackos and ice-blooded murders I’d run into, these neighbors could be proud of their over achieving ways.

The street looked benign, an affluent tree lined parkway with a BMW or Mercedes in every other driveway. The neighbor across the street had a pickup truck in their drive, but it turned out to be the yard man’s, who happened to be cleaning up the left behinds from the oak and maple fall deposits. Pretty to look at until they rotted into brown slime piles on your grass.

We questioned every neighbor on the block but no one heard the gunshots. They lived behind triple pane glass where the temperature was never too hot or too cold. Only one had dared to steal a glance out their insulated glass when an older car, rusted in too many places and not carrying the pedigree of a classic automobile, sped down the street.

“I knew right away they were up to no good.” Bernice Leigh, who claimed a relation to Janet Leigh, rocked on the edge of her tufted, chintz ottoman.

“Well maybe not right away.” She rolled her hand dramatically in the air. “At first I thought the car could belong to one of the boy’s friends who visit the Luther’s from time to time.”

“Did you know the Luther’s very well?” Louise nibbled the edge of a Ginger Thin Mrs. Leigh had fanned out on a china plate, and placed on the coffee table in front of us.

Bernice Leigh shook her head with such force that her hair, which had been so obviously a wig, dislodged itself and canted to one side. Bernice righted the wig without as much as a second thought.


What I liked:
1.Catherine O'Brien, the heroine, is funny, passionate, and real. Smart too, and I liked her.
2.Her partner Louise is a nice counterpoint to Catherine.
3.To solve this whodunit you'd need to work smart as well as hard, and Catherine did. 
4.The plot is complex and things happen that you don't see coming.
5.Catherine makes mistakes and got hurt just like anyone else.

If you're in the market for a well written, interesting detective story, I highly recommend this one. 5 out of 5 stars.

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 has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats.

An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Stacy VerdickCase said...

Thank you so much! I am honored to be part of your blog today and I'm even more grateful that you enjoyed An Intimate Murder. Thank you!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Edgar Gerik said...

Great review.

Stacy VerdickCase said...

Thank you Rita and Edgar! I appreciate you dropping by for a read!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Your book really was good, Stacy. Good luck with the series.

Stacy Verdick Case said...

Thanks Elaine! I appreciate your kind words. Many blessings to you!

Mary Lowery said...

I loved the excerpt!

Stacy VerdickCase said...

Thank you, Mary!

bn100 said...

Nice review