"Start of a new series that reads like a winner"
Though only thirty-two years old, New York City film
critic and author Mitch Berger feels his life ended the day
his beloved wife died from ovarian cancer. His editor Lacy
Mickerson worries that Mitch rarely leaves his Greenwich
Village home, passing time watching classic films. He even
rejected a trip to Cannes for the festival. Because she
cares, Lacy sends Mitch to Dorset on the Connecticut Gold
Coast, allegedly to write an article, but more to get him
out of his apartment.
Surprisingly, Mitch finds the town charming and even
rents a home from Dolly Seymour on exclusive Big Sister as
he sees this as an opportunity to start over again.
However, his need for a new type of tranquillity is
disturbed when he finds a corpse in his garden. Police
Lieutenant Desiree Mitry of the State Major Crimes Squad
leads the official investigation even as Mitch makes his
own brand of inquiries. As they run into one another,
Mitch and Desiree form an attraction, but he feels guilty
and she hurts from the abandonment of her first spouse,
making it obvious that once the case is solved the
relationship is over or is it?
Renowned for his Hoag novels, David Handler begins a
new series starring two attractive and complex
individuals. A die hard New Yorker, Mitch remains in
mourning until he arrives at Big Sister while Desiree is a
beautiful Amazonian African-American who mistrusts males
except if they are cats. Thrown together in an interesting
police-procedural-amateur sleuth who-done-it, they form the
basis for a wonderful opening novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001