About the Book
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (August 28, 2013)
E-Book File Size: 697 KB
Jeremiah Milk lived a life filled with emotional extremes. Amniotic band syndrome—a congenital condition—left his fingers and toes malformed. Ridiculed as a child, he became an adolescent hermit. As an adult, Jeremiah’s wounds healed when he landed a position as a park ranger and married a woman who loved him despite his physical appearance. But fate ripped his life to shreds when his wife and infant son died on the same night in separate calamities. Shortly thereafter, the tides turned once more as an act of Jeremiah’s ostensible benevolence translates into a financial boon. The book on Jeremiah’s life closes without mercy when he’s found murdered at Tripping Falls State Park.
Damon Lassard—Hollydale’s loveable civic leader, amateur sleuth, and Jeremiah’s neighbor—springs into action. He’s obstructed by a prickly lieutenant, but wriggles information unknown to the police from a colorful bevy of suspects. Aided by his best friend Rebecca and his reluctant ally Detective Gerry Sloman, Damon engineers a deep dive into Jeremiah’s past to solve the crime. Along the way, Damon strengthens his relationship with the breathtaking Bethany Krims, cracks a local horticultural mystery, and tries in vain to tame his wickedly sarcastic mother.
Damon Lassard wants to know why his neighbor, Jeremiah Milk, has been killed. Like most amateur sleuths, he can’t keep from snooping even after the police warn him against it. As far as Damon is concerned, he helped them crack a murder case a few months ago, so he’s more than willing to help them again. His close friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, wouldn’t mind the assistance but his boss has made it clear that Damon is to be kept out of it.
Against police warnings, Damon teams up with his good friend Rebecca. Together, they look for the truth behind Jeremiah’s murder. Their search leads them in a direction they never expected.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and what a treat! It’s fast-paced with likeable characters that work very well together. There’s a wonderful blend of mystery and romance. If you are a fan of good old fashioned mysteries that keep you guessing until the last couple of chapters, this is the perfect book for you.
It’s the second book in the “A Damon Lassard Dabbling Mystery” series. I have not read the first one, yet, but I don’t think it mattered. I didn’t feel as if I was lost, I immediately became engrossed in this story and couldn’t put my Kindle down. I already have the first book, “It Takes Two to Strangle” and will definitely read it. I will, also, be looking forward to Damon’s next adventure.
Great job, Mr. Kaminski!
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2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
2014 ARC Reading Challenge
2014 E-Book Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge (Virginia)
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FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About The Author
STEPHEN KAMINSKI is the author of the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series published by Cozy Cat Press. The first two cozy mysteries in the series are “It Takes Two to Strangle” (2012) and “Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk” (2013). Stephen is the winner of the 2012 Reader Views Literary Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He’s a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, has practiced law for over a decade, and currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel to a national non-profit organization. Stephen is a lifelong lover of all types of mysteries and lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, Virginia.
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