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Peace, Love, and Murder

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    I love a good mystery. Peace, Love, and Murder qualifies. After

    I love a good mystery. Peace, Love, and Murder qualifies. After the end of his military career, protagonist Bo Forrester has returned to his hometown in search of his estranged, peacenik parents. Finding they’ve moved on with no forwarding address, Bo decides to stay. Suspected of murder when a corpse is found in the trunk of the cab he is driving, Bo sets out to find the real killer.

    The basic premise of this murder mystery is tried and true. A protagonist stumbles into a situation and then tries to figure it out on their own rather than leaving it to the professionals. There are thousands of murder mysteries build on this foundation. The plot follows the typical path, with Bo finding more and more potential suspects, investigating, and eventually putting all the clues together, with plenty of adventure and suspense along the way.

    What makes Peace, Love, and Murder unique are the characters and the humor. The idiosyncratic characters populating the book are seldom what they appear, often having two sides that seem in conflict. This starts with Bo, who has done his time in the military, yet still believes in the make-love-not-war ethos he learned growing up on a sixties-style commune. There is the odd-couple pairing of Carl and Ronnie, who take Bo’s cab from their trailer park to work and back each day, arguing (and making the reader laugh) all the way. The overly ambitious deputy for the sheriff’s department, Trudy Hauser, is continually making amusing missteps. She tries to appear hardcore, but has a soft side, which helps her win Bo’s confidence. Holtzner has put it all together to give us a fun and entertaining read.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Overall Feedback: Exceptional mystery that hits all the right notes and takes the reader for a wild ride and you will enjoy til the last page. Nancy is exceptional at storytelling and is really just giving this one away.

    Point of View: This is told from the viewpoint of Bo Forrester, a former soldier and soon to be detective.

    Voice: Nancy has a way of drawing the reader in and thrusting you through the story.

    Character Development: I know that most writers will be envious of this authors ability to develop her characters.

    Plot: Straightforward and helps move the story forward.

    Dialogue: Perfect execution and delivery.

    Pacing: Unbelievable pace as the story rockets to a suspenseful and mysterious end. You will not be disappointed.

    Setting: Nancy is well versed in describing the setting and making it a integral part of the story.

    Continuity: I could not find any issues with this area and if you do you are just nit picking and not enjoying the story.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    enjoyable whodunit

    When Bo Forrester was eighteen, he could no longer reside at the commune his gentle parents raised him in; so he enlisted with the army. Two decades later, he has come home to Rhodes, New York praying they can reconcile, but the commune has been replaced by a sub-division and no one seems to know where his parents went except somewhere out west. He drives a cab while seeking information on his parents.

    He is driving Carl and Ronnie to work when Deputy Sheriff Trudy Hauser stops the cab for speeding. Ronnie flees, but Trudy tackles him and finds marijuana on him. When Bo pops the trunk, Trudy stares at a corpse; later identified as history professor Fred Davies. Whereas Trudy believes Bo is guilty and follows him legally and not so legally, he begins to investigate and soon finds a horde of people who loathed Davies; others die, but though suspicion remains even stronger that Bo is the killer, Trudy believes he is innocent and teams up with him to uncover the killer.

    This is an enjoyable whodunit starring a fascinating hero who grew up as "Rainbow", a name he detested, but now misses his loving parents. His relationship with Bo turns from suspicions and distrust to strong attraction and maybe love although the change by Trudy seems too abrupt and ends her Inspector Girard like persistence of chasing the "fugitive" that added freshness to the mystery (even if she should have been suspended). Still fans will appreciate this fine murder who-done-it enhanced by Bo's past and look forward to a sequel in which he goes west to track his parents.

    Harriet Klausner

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