Saturday, November 03, 2012

It Takes Two To Strangle by Stephen Kaminski (Cozy Cat Press)

Former baseball player Damon Lassard is head of the Hollydale Citizens Association; therefore, he is the local liaison to a traveling carnival that has been contracted to put on a fair in this Washington DC suburb. When one of the owners of the carnival is murdered, Damon decides to help his friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, find the killer. While his efforts are not always appreciated by the local police, he does uncover long hidden crimes that may be connected to the current murder. There are a lot of suspects and twists in this tale of money, greed, and murder. The story also has a bit of romance as Damon's best pal is Rebecca (a cooking instructor), but he has crush on the local weather girl, Bethany.

This is good cozy mystery, easy to read. At times Damon seems to be too nice or naive but he is very likable. The other characters and plot are well thought out and believable. The background and descriptions seem very real. The author keeps you guessing, but in the end all the loose ends come together. This is the first book in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series—and I look forward to reading the next installment.

--Helen Jones

FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author.

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