Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyUpper-crust Bostonian Mercy Allcutt, who works as a secretary for policeman-turned-PI Ernest Templeton, walks a fine line between endearing naïveté and annoying simplemindedness in Duncan's by-the-numbers third cozy set in 1920s Los Angeles (after 2009's Angel's Flight). On a search for Ernie in the house of Persephone Chalmers, who hired the investigator to find some stolen jewelry, Mercy stumbles on the client's bludgeoned corpse at the foot of the stairs. In an upstairs room, she finds her boss bound and gagged. With only Mercy's word that Ernie was incapacitated, he becomes the prime murder suspect. Her amateurish efforts to clear him include probing the Adelaide Burkhard Emmanuel school of religion, to which the victim was a big donor. Mercy's penchant for being impressed by the obvious ("one more thing I'd learned since my move to Los Angeles: different ends of the country call things by different names") won't enchant every reader. (May)
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In Los Angeles, Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt works as a secretary for former police officer turned private investigator Ernest Templeton. Mercy's duties are supposed to be strictly office, but she sometimes gets involved in field work. Currently she searches for her boss who has been hired by Persephone Chalmers to recover stolen jewelry. The secretary enters the Chalmers' residence only to find the client dead. Searching for her employer, Mercy locates him tied up and gagged. She frees him, but the cops believe Mercy is covering for Ernie who is the only murder suspect. Mercy investigates by following the money trail as Ernie always suggests; this includes donations by the victim to the Adelaide Burkhard Emmanuel School of Religion. Readers will enjoy Mercy's latest 1920s Los Angeles mystery (see Angel's Flight) as the fascinating heroine is a sheltered courageous young female who works the investigation. Besides the deep time and place that readers will feel they are visiting inside a fun whodunit; it is the comparison between the gentle aristocratic Mercy and the kick butt street wise Ernie that makes the tale. She is cozy and he is nor. Harriet Klausner
This is a series I look forward to getting every time I see a new one come out! This one is just as good as all the other one’s I’ve read --- quick to read, fast paced, fun (often just laughed out loud throughout it) and yet still a series mystery! The characters are just perfect for the setting – including her little dog Buttercup! I was surprised with the ending – it was nothing I expected and came way to soon!