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A Grand Murder

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A fast paced fun read!

A Grand Murder is a caffeine enhanced race through the upper crust of St. Paul to find a killer. The story begins with the murder of a prominent business man on his own front lawn. At the bequest of their chief- a personal friend of the victim, Detectives Catherine O'Br...
A Grand Murder is a caffeine enhanced race through the upper crust of St. Paul to find a killer. The story begins with the murder of a prominent business man on his own front lawn. At the bequest of their chief- a personal friend of the victim, Detectives Catherine O'Brien and Louise Montgomery are on the case. Armed with coffee and Louise's distinct driving skills, they are on a mad dash to solve the case before the Chief comes unglued. The story is fast paced, which I love and I never felt lost, which I love even more. Ms. Verdick Case has a fabulous ability to draw the scene and the characters at play in it. She made me laugh, cringe, get heart-ache, and want to shake someone- in all the right ways. I always had a clear picture of her characters and their reactions; Catherine's cringing as Louise barreled her Prius through downtown St. Paul, for example. I fell in love with the characters and their personal lives as well. I was cheering all through the book for Catherine and her husband, hoping the job didn't get in the way of their marriage. Mel, the security guard, was one of my favorite supporting roles. She has such a great sense of person and personality I found myself wishing she would pop up more often. Ms. Verdick Case also has a fabulous cast of suspects. She gives us reason to doubt or exonerate each one. The plot twists were well crafted and the red herrings dangled in all the right moments. Overall I felt I knew too soon who the murderer was, basically because she was a little too helpful, which the detectives figure out toward the end. I will give Catherine this one though- they were under the gun, so to speak, to figure out the case. In future books I hope that she doesn't fall so obviously for the helpful murderer trick. The plot was very familiar, which I don't think is a bad thing necessarily, especially if you are looking to pick up a traditionally written women's sleuthing mystery. I am a fan of getting what I expect. (As a side note, I also love Alpaca wool, and want a pair of the mittens!) I look forward to reading more Catherine O'Brien mysteries; I feel the characters and the author both have a bright future ahead.

posted by WordKatt on October 3, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Have someone proof read first.

Interesting story. But if I read one more hyphenated-word I think I may have gone insane. I think that alone will keep me from reading another one of her stories. I realy wasn't necessary to get the point across.

posted by 8733557 on February 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    F

    Seemed amature. Too many grammer errors....did this book even get editted?!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Okay

    The story did not hold my attention very well

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