Newtby Mike Danford
Newt is a murder mystery that begins with the noisy re-union of two very crusty, wisecracking old-timers who won't accept a coroner's verdict of suicide for the death of one of their old friends. Their rowdy verbal treatment of each other, rough as it appears to others, seems to be simply the result of spending a lot of years together as they grew up, then through the rough-and-tumble world of construction during their working years when they had to rely on each other's judgment, ingenuity and people-handling skills as well as their physical prowess and craftsmanship. Now they've been presented with perhaps the greatest single challenge of their lives: solving a murder...and they revel in that too!
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A thoroughly entertaining read! The author manages to maintain an undercurrent of levity throughout a quirky murder mystery. No small task; this book deals with some serious and heart-wrenching occurrences. I'm looking forward to reading this guy's next novel!
Two almost loveable codgers take you on adventures searching for what really happened to their friend whose death was labeled suicide. This was a fun book to read and smacked of real folks.
Those of us who have lived and worked in Kansas like to think of it as without such things as murder and violence. This book quickly puts an end to that thought as we get caught up along with the two retirees who decide to look into the death of their friend. On the surface there appears to be no reason for suspicion. To the two, though, there is the underlying character of their friend who, they are sure, would not have killed himself. The reader's interest is held by the way they work together with, not in competition with, the police in tracking down evidence in a cross-country investigation which uncovers a number of surprises. The author provides us with a set of believable, if larger than life, characters with their own foibles and problems, which sometimes seem to hinder the investigation. These are not experienced investigators but friends who feel they understand their old friend and refuse to believe he could have acted in a manner so much out of character. They have the strength of character to follow up their convictions and, incidentally, the money and time to spend to follow through. I enjoyed following the heroes down the roads I had driven so many times.
A MURDER MYSTERY with a humorous spin on it stretches the imagination unless the reader imagines Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon playing the tough, grumpy old guys who tackle the mystery and wind up trapping an extremely dangerous killer. The old guys yell and cuss at each other, so the language is very creative 'locker room', their methods of discovery are typical of intuitive police work, but their modus operendi against an very crafty opponent are simple and persistent, steadily forcing the murderer to reveal more and more until he's left with only one card to play, which proves to be his undoing. This story will keep ya laughing whether or not you're a fan of murder mysteries and the setting will certainly appeal to those who love the Great Plains. Mike Danford